There is nothing more annoying then seeing automated sprinklers watering sidewalks or spraying on lawns during rain.Â Such excess water use is common in affluent communities.Â Almost 100 Massachusetts communities are exceeding state guidelines for water usage. The state advises residential water consumption be limited to 65 gallons a day per person.
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Where do the downspouts off of your house’s gutters flow?Â Do they enter into the city’s sewer system?Â For many cities, this is a problem.Â The city of Portland, Oregon explains: A large part of Portland has a combined sewer system that carries sewage and stormwater runoff in the same pipes. When it rains, the […]
The United Nations issued a report this week warning that dam building in China is creating the largest threat to the Mekong Riverâ€™s future. The report states that the proposed dam development threatens “changes in river flow volume and timing, water quality deterioration and loss of biodiversity.” The Mekong River basin provides food and jobs […]
Biofuels, especially ethanol, have come under criticism for raising the price of food and contributing to the overuse of antibiotics; however, there is a new concern that biofuel production is negatively impacting regional water supplies. A recent study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology reports that to produce a gallon of ethanol in some […]
During heavy rainfall, the runoff that is not absorbed into the ground washes pollutants such as oil, grease, pesticides, bacteria, salts, animal waste, trash, heavy metals, etc. into storm drains. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates 77 of 127 key pollutants have been detected in urban storm runoff. What can you do to […]
With the serious drought conditions in the west right now, more and more homeowners are looking to xeriscaping as a way to conserve water and still have a healthy, beautiful yard. For those saying “What the heck is xeriscaping?”, it isn’t nearly as mysterious as it sounds.
Water has always been a precious commodity, but the recent rise in frequent water shortages and droughts due to climate change emphasizes the importance of everyday water conservation. Despite the atmospheric consequences of global warming, rainstorms continue…so why let all that water go to waste? Cisterns have a long history, spanning several thousand years. The […]
In a video posted by the green communications group The Good Mix, San Francisco-based green architect Eric Corey Freed discusses the potential ramifications of water shortages in California and elsewhere, and the various options and building code issues related to specific water conservation techniques available to homeowners.