water conservation

Sustainable Rubber Bio-Bricks Could Save Billions of Gallons of Water

Sustainable Rubber Bio-Bricks Could Save Billions of Gallons of Water

You probably already know that dropping a brick in your toilet could help your household save up to 50 gallons of water every week, but the concrete or ceramic bricks that most folks place in their

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Angry Skies and a Dense Forest are No Match for this Sprawling Solar Array

Angry Skies and a Dense Forest are No Match for this Sprawling Solar Array

After receiving $400,000 in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Wayne National Forest commissioned Third Sun Solar to install their 51.6 kW rooftop solar array on the building's

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MIT Develops Advanced Fog Harvesting Material That Pulls 5x More Water From Thin Air

MIT Develops Advanced Fog Harvesting Material That Pulls 5x More Water From Thin Air

Fog photo from Shutterstock Plants and certain animals like the fog beetle can survive in very arid regions because they've developed ways of absorbing minute amounts of water from the atmosphere.

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Wealthy Californians are Circumventing the Drought by Trucking in Water

Wealthy Californians are Circumventing the Drought by Trucking in Water

Everyone knows that California is suffering a catastrophic water shortage, but to drive around some of the wealthier neighborhoods in the state, you might not be able to tell. That’s because some of

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Everything You Need to Know to Build a Backyard Greywater Wetland

Everything You Need to Know to Build a Backyard Greywater Wetland

If you stop to think about it, it’s quite odd that we flush our wastewater into local rivers, isn't it? It flows away, only to be siphoned off and cleaned by the community downstream before repeating

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How to Avoid Fines and Not Get Caught Up in California’s Drought/Lawn Watering Catch-22

How to Avoid Fines and Not Get Caught Up in California’s Drought/Lawn Watering Catch-22

The worst drought in 500 years Most authorities agree that this is the worst drought in the last 500 years, and many believe that it will continue for at least another year – though there is evidence

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Hydros Smart Irrigation System Saves Water and Slashes Your Bills by 60%

Hydros Smart Irrigation System Saves Water and Slashes Your Bills by 60%

Water is a valuable resource - and it will only get more expensive if we continue use wasteful old-fashioned irrigation techniques such as sprinklers. One smart alternative is Hydros, an irrigation

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

There are few things we take for granted as much as our ability to turn on the tap and get water in a seemingly endless supply. Even during droughts, and despite warnings about shortages and conservation,

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Portland, Oregon Dumps Millions of Gallons of Drinking Water After Teen Urinates Into Reservoir

Portland, Oregon Dumps Millions of Gallons of Drinking Water After Teen Urinates Into Reservoir

Portland administrators have agreed to flush away 38 million gallons of formerly clean drinking water from Mt. Tabor Reservoir after a Portland Water Bureau video camera caught a teenager urinating

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Titanium Golf Clubs Could be Responsible for Igniting California Wildfires

Titanium Golf Clubs Could be Responsible for Igniting California Wildfires

Golfers who land shots into the rough may be igniting more than foul tempers, a string of expletives, and poor scores. According to scientists from UC Irvine, titanium golf clubs that come in contact with

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Water Scarcity Threatens the Planet

INFOGRAPHIC: How Water Scarcity Threatens the Planet

Water is one of the world's most important natural resources - yet safe, fresh drinking water is in increasingly short supply. Studies show that over 1.1 billion people lack access to potable water, and

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Scientist Uses Whiskey Byproduct to Purify Water Contaminated with Arsenic in Bangladesh

Scientist Uses Whiskey Byproduct to Purify Water Contaminated with Arsenic in Bangladesh

A scientist at Aberdeen University has discovered a byproduct of whiskey production that can be used to purify water. Dr. Leigh Cassidy had the idea to use draff, the leftover residue from barley husks

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Otherworldly Gippsland Water Factory Vortex Center is Cooled by Lake Water

Otherworldly Gippsland Water Factory Vortex Center is Cooled by Lake Water

The building’s shape mimics the giant oculus structure that hangs off the side of a massive membrane bioreactor tank within the Water Factory. It sits on an artificial lake that it utilizes to cool the

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Super Resilient DesertSol House by Team Las Vegas Captures the Mojave Desert’s Sun and Soul

Super Resilient DesertSol House by Team Las Vegas Captures the Mojave Desert’s Sun and Soul

Team Las Vegas is made up of 60 students from various disciplines and already they have shown themselves to be highly organized and poised to win with a design that is not only befitting to the Mojave

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The Uji Shower Head Lets You Know When You are Taking Too Long in the Bathroom

The Uji Shower Head Lets You Know When You are Taking Too Long in the Bathroom

Standing under a relaxing stream of hot water, it can be easy to forget how long you are taking in the shower. Time becomes warped in a combination of suds and steam, making it difficult to keep tabs on

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Grant Associates Design Lush Sustainable Garden for BREAAM Outstanding Worcester Library

Grant Associates Design Lush Sustainable Garden for BREAAM Outstanding Worcester Library

The lush gardens designed to accompany the gorgeous copper alloy-clad hive Worcester Library in the UK have just been opened to the public. Designed by Grant Associates, who brought us the Supertrees

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HGA Architects’ West Valley Campus at College of the Desert Will Produce More Energy than it Consumes

HGA Architects’ West Valley Campus at College of the Desert Will Produce More Energy than it Consumes

College of the Desert is a two-year community college with about 3,400 full-time students that is located in the Coachella Valley. Renewable energy production will be a major focus of the

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LEED Silver-Seeking Snowy Owl Theater to Open This Month in Leavenworth, Washington

LEED Silver-Seeking Snowy Owl Theater to Open This Month in Leavenworth, Washington

The ICCA created the new Snowy Owl Theater due to its limited audience space and crowded event schedule at their current venues at their headquarters and the Sleeping Lady Resort. Multi-talented Pacific

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Reflective Predator-Like Armor Clads the Cairns Botanical Gardens Visitor Center in Australia

Reflective Predator-Like Armor Clads the Cairns Botanical Gardens Visitor Center in Australia

The visitor center is clad in a series of flat panels that are each placed at different angles, warping the reflecting landscape in interesting ways. Likewise the building itself bends to accommodate

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Infographic: ‘The Unfiltered Truth About Water’ Shows the Causes of Water Pollution

Infographic: ‘The Unfiltered Truth About Water’ Shows the Causes of Water Pollution

The Unfiltered Truth About Water is an interactive infographic that explores the sometimes surprising causes of water pollution and provides tips on how we can conserve and protect our water sources. It

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Family Cloths: Reusable Toilet Wipes, Gross or Great?

Family Cloths: Reusable Toilet Wipes, Gross or Great?

Many of us who try to lead eco-conscious lifestyles are likely already using many reusable, washable fabric items for both household and personal use; cotton dish cloths, washable baby diapers,

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Abu Dhabi Unveils Arab-Styled Eco Villa That Meets Estidama Green Building Requirements

Abu Dhabi Unveils Arab-Styled Eco Villa That Meets Estidama Green Building Requirements

Designed in part by Dr. Hassan Yasser Ebrahim, Senior Manager of Planning & Design Sustainability at Sorouh Real Estate, this prototype eco villa has a variety of features that slash its energy and

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The Scrubba is a Lightweight, Virtually-Waterless Washing Machine in a Sack!

The Scrubba is a Lightweight, Virtually-Waterless Washing Machine in a Sack!

As Eric Clapton says, "travelin' light, it's the only way to fly." Whether it's a weekend business trip or a month-long trek into the jungle, the less stuff you have to carry the better. Finding a washing

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7 Easy Tips to Save Water in Your Home

7 Easy Tips to Save Water in Your Home

Did you know that your daily five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country uses for an entire day*? In the U.S. we have such easy access to clean water that it can

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Woods Bagot Designs Efficient New Headquarters for Melbourne Water

Woods Bagot Designs Efficient New Headquarters for Melbourne Water

Melbourne Water's new headquarters has achieved a 5 Star NABERS rating (NABERS is Australia's green building rating system). And it is expected to receive a 6 Star NABERS rating following a period of

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Team Zaragoza’s Cylindrical Casa Pi Solar Decathlon House Produces Twice as Much Energy as it Uses

Team Zaragoza’s Cylindrical Casa Pi Solar Decathlon House Produces Twice as Much Energy as it Uses

In addition to its unique circular shape which results in a heat reduction loss of 11%, Casa Pi is the only home made of concrete. Reinforced with glass, this material has a high thermal mass that will

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Watch as 30 Volunteers Help Transform their Neighbor’s Lawn into an Edible Garden in One Day!

Watch as 30 Volunteers Help Transform their Neighbor’s Lawn into an Edible Garden in One Day!

Conventional lawns aren't just a symbol of conformity -- they require regular maintenance and gobble up water. In places like California, where water is scarce and it almost never rains in the summer, it

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100% Solar-Powered Great Barrier House Fuses Modern Technology With Island Life

100% Solar-Powered Great Barrier House Fuses Modern Technology With Island Life

Elevated to protect against floods and constructed of sustainably-sourced timber that references the island's rich biodiversity, the Great Barrier House is comfortable in both summer and winter. Despite

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Seametrics Infographic Sheds Light On How Much Water Is Used In Agriculture

Seametrics Infographic Sheds Light On How Much Water Is Used In Agriculture

We all know that agriculture requires an incredible amount of water - but what sort of impact does the industry have on the earth? In an infographic titled “Interesting Facts About Farm Water

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7 Water-Saving Innovations Used by the Garment Industry

7 Water-Saving Innovations Used by the Garment Industry

It might not be obvious when you're shopping for new clothes, but according to World Bank, 17-20 percent of industrial water pollution is caused by the clothing industry. Disheartened by the damage, and

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