Tag: rainwater

Rainwater harvesting is the accumulation and deposition of rainwater for reuse on-site, rather than allowing it to run off. Its uses include water for garden, water for livestock, water for irrigation, water for domestic use with proper treatment, and indoor heating for houses etc.

Building It Higher, Digging It Deeper

Building It Higher, Digging It Deeper

We wanted it. We’ve got it. Now what do we do with it?

As this article reports, recently drought-stricken California has so far this year received enough rain to provide a year’s worth of water for 14 million people—more than a third of the state’s population— if only we had a

An Approach for Communities to Assess Stormwater Application and Detention Requirements for Overall Watershed Health

An Approach for Communities to Assess Stormwater Application and Detention Requirements for Overall Watershed Health

Communities, especially those with limited resources, face many issues when trying to protect their local watersheds through the use of stormwater policies. Stormwater policies that are imposed on new development have the ability to enhance a community’s overall watershed health (Ferguson 1998). However, past requirements often relate only to large

Challenges of Urban Water Infrastructure

Challenges of Urban Water Infrastructure

AT PRESENT, 80.7% OF the US population resides in urban areas (US Census Bureau 2012). Increased urbanization (paved areas and buildings) and urban population growth has exerted significant pressure on urban water demand and expansion of urban water infrastructure—i.e., potable water supplies, wastewater treatment and discharge, and urban stormwater runoff

Urban Water Management

Urban Water Management

AT PRESENT, 80.7% OF the US population resides in urban areas (US Census Bureau 2012). Increased urbanization (paved areas and buildings) and urban population growth has exerted significant pressure on urban water demand and expansion of urban water infrastructure—i.e., potable water supplies, wastewater treatment and discharge, and urban stormwater runoff

Removing Water, Adding Space

Removing Water, Adding Space

As the use of green infrastructure becomes more widespread, and more properties need to manage as much stormwater runoff as possible onsite, the use of permeable pavers is increasing—on both new and retrofit projects.

Membranes for Municipal Water and Wastewater Treatment

Membranes for Municipal Water and Wastewater Treatment

When it comes to water membrane technology, there are currently four different types of membranes, three of which are frequently used for municipal water and wastewater treatment.

Four Membrane Types
The first two classifications are microfiltration and ultrafiltration. The microfiltration and ultrafiltration processes use low-pressure membranes, either immersed in aeration tanks, using

A Didactic Drought: Lessons from Australia’s Conservation Strategy

A Didactic Drought: Lessons from Australia’s Conservation Strategy

Buckminster Fuller, considered one of the greatest minds of our times, developed several technologies and strategies that improved human lives by doing more with less. He called this concept “ephemeralization.” In today’s world, amid increasing climate variability, population growth, and water scarcity, Fuller’s approach seems more necessary and relevant

Chemical Soil Stabilization – Part 1

Chemical Soil Stabilization – Part 1

Despite all the work done by earthmoving equipment, each year wind and rain move much more soil than man could ever hope to shovel. And because soil is a finite commodity, one has to hold on to as much of it as possible.

Plantings aid in this quest; the roots of

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