Category Archives: Water and Consciousness


Preventing Evaporation By Using Mulches

To prevent the water held in the soil from evaporating the soil needs a cover. In fact you should feel uneasy when you see bare land-it’s like skin with a layer missing. The most effective way to protect soil is to use mulches. Mulch is a layer over the soil which protects it from the damaging effects of wind, sun and water. Mulches have several special functions and multiple benefits: They reduce soil evaporation and therefor inhibit soil salination and general water loss, thereby saving water They increase water infiltration […]

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Hot Composting

Cold vs Hot Composting Regular composting, also known as “cold composting”, involves placing a variety of organic materials in a compost bin, enclosure, or even just in a large heap, and leaving it there until it breaks down several months later. It’s a very slow process and typically takes 6 to 12 months. It can be sped up by turning the compost.  That is, moving around the material at the bottom of the heap to the top and vice versa to mix it up and get more oxygen in there […]

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sustainable living

Can we rely on our government providing us with basic services like security, energy, water and food?

Does living sustainability also mean being independent in our primary needs from government? As it is, many people are already hiring their own security services, investing in solar energy and more recently investing in their own water security by harvesting, storing and purifying rain water to reuse in their homes. The next frontier now may very well be producing their own food. An efficient government/producer providing these primary services in large qualities of scale should be able to do so very cost efficiently. Logic would dictate that smaller individual installations […]

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leaking irrigation sprinkler valve

Is your irrigation system leaking?

It’s not unusual to find a water meter registering flow even though all the taps are off. This can be attributed to your irrigation systems solenoid valves leaking. Unfortunately it is not always easy to see if the solenoid values are leaking, as the water can exit the irrigation zone in an area that is not visible, and even small leaks over time become big bills. The best way to check for leaking values, is to first determine if your water meter registers flow when all the taps are off. […]

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dish washer

To hand wash or not to hand wash?

Water Rhapsody Atlantic: To hand wash or not to hand wash? When it comes to saving water, it seems some people firmly believe that the dishwasher is one of those things that need to be sacrificed. Too much water and energy is the argument. A new study firmly refutes this idea and revisits the debate on dishwashers. According to the study, London alone could save as much as 16 billion liters of fresh water a year if every household used a dishwasher instead of washing by hand, and as the […]

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Lets Clean Our Water

Lets Clean Our Water

Just go to any beach or body of water, and you will most likely see some form of human litter. This really struck home for me when my 4 year old noticed it and started picking it up. We now cant go to any beach without a plastic bag to pick up the beach litter. So the young are showing the way for the older generation to follow. Its time for us to listen, and to clean up our act.

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Soap Bubbles

Grey Water Soaps, Part 3 – Surfactants

Synonyms: Surfactants, tensides, detergents Function: ‘Soften’ the water so it can wet the fibres and surfaces, loosen and encapsulates the dirt and prevents re-deposition of dirt on the surfaces. Examples: Alkane sulphonates, Alcohol ethoxylates, LAS etc. Environmental impacts: Due to their surface active nature surfactants have toxic effects on some (aquatic) organisms.   General info: Surfactants are a large group of surface active substances with a great number of (cleaning) applications. Most surfactants have degreasing or wash active abilities. They reduce the surface tension of the water so it can […]

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Saving virtual water


Could You Be Saving More Water?  Yard Smarts: It’s summertime, which means our yards and gardens need watering. Outdoor watering accounts for approximately 40% of household water use, so conserving as you care for your yard can have a big impact on your water consumption. Smart Move #1: If you have a lawn, manage it carefully. Lawns not suited for their climates can be real water hogs. Check with your local garden center about the right type of grass for your region, and water it infrequently but deeply. Better still, let it […]

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Grey Water Installation

Water Rhapsody Atlantic, Grey Water Installation

TYPICAL STEPS TO AN INSTALLATION: Dig and locate the sewer line to establish a datum height Confirm location for pump chamber and excavate pit Remove bricks or concrete siding to accommodate grey water (bath/shower/basins) lines Dig grey water pipe trenches to required depth Install a 50mm grey water drain line, connecting all grey water points Connect overflow from pump chamber to sewer line Connect pump Layout 30m of black irrigation hose and connect sprinkler head Test system Close up all trenches and holes Replace brick and concrete work Demonstrate system […]

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