Rainwater Harvesting Techniques Used for Homes

Rainwater harvesting is the collection and storage of rainwater; in countries or regions that have low rainfall it’s a significant method of supplementing water supplies. In many less developed societies rainwater is often the main source of drinking water,[1]so rainwater collection is vital. Catchment structures dating back to 3000 BC … Read more

Use Greywater Irrigation to Reduce Your Water Needs

Water is a precious resource, and not just in developing nations. the West coast of America regularly suffers drought conditions, Australia has only just emerged from a drought which lasted over a decade; and even in the UK, changing rainfall patterns have meant that parts of the SE England are … Read more

The Unbelievable Do It Yourself Portable Shower

The first time I read this headline, I had this image of a makeshift shower with a plastic bag for water, trapped in my mind. I started to imagine how such a contraption might work and even came up with a few designs myself. Much to my surprise, the image … Read more

Water Shortages In the World

he importance of water cannot be made clear enough. We use it in production processes, in the cultivation of land and for human survival. Water Water is a valuable resource, one that we cannot renew or replace with anything else. Just about three quarters of the world is covered in … Read more

What is a Water Tower?

Those large, round tanks elevated in the sky are water towers. What is a water tower and what are they used for? A water tower is a holding tank, usually for a municipality or even a farm that is used to maintain water pressure. Through the help of gravity, water … Read more

The True Cost of Bottled Water

It is possible to get your hands on a bottle of water for under a dollar. Bigger bulk purchases mean bigger bargains. But bottled water still costs more than tap water. In fact in the UK each gallon of bottled water costs more than petrol. If you’re looking for something … Read more

The Water Light Bulb Exemplifies Simplicity and Sustainability

Born out of necessity in 2002 during an extended power outage in Brazil, Alfredo Moser created an innovative solution to keep light flowing in his workshop. He cut holes in the roof of his workshop and hung water-filled bottles; the water refracted the light so it spread through the house … Read more

How Does Water Pollution Affect Humans?

Water pollution is the term given to the undesirable effect of the addition of foreign objects to any body of water. The term first entered widespread use during the 1980s but the phenomenon had been around for many years, and especially a result of industrialization in countries. Water pollution is … Read more

Keyline Design and Geographic Information System Analysis

Keyline design is a relatively new concept to those located outside of Australia although its origins have ties to the American dust bowl of the 1930s. Originally developed in the 1940s and 1950s by P.A. Yeoman on his farmland in Australia, this system of rainwater storage and gravity-fed irrigation is … Read more

Japanese Rain Chains are a Beautiful Addition to Your Home

An ingenious innovation by the Japanese, rain chains are a wonderful alternative to a rain gutter downspout. The Japanese have used rain chains for hundreds of years. Traditionally known as “Kusari Doi”, they were used to guide rainwater into large pots (ancient rain barrels) for household and garden purposes. Today, … Read more

Rainwater Storage: Diverse Approaches

Saving rainwater is great for a variety of reasons. For those who live in an urban area and are a part of a city’s water system, saving rainwater can be a way to irrigate ones’ garden, not only conserving resources, but saving money. For homesteaders or those that live in … Read more