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Reclaiming Wastewater Is Good, Right?

I just read this blog post over at Ecocentric about reclaiming wastewater from communities and using it in power plants.  As I started reading, it seemed like the perfect use of recycling.  Why not use waste water in power plants? Power plants suck up gallons and gallons of water per day that could be used for drinking or other domestic uses.  There is a limited supply of freshwater available, and power plants should not be sucking up the biggest portion of that.   

As I continued reading, it occurred to me that this might not be the perfect solution either.  What happens to that water once it has gone through a nuclear power plant? I had always thought that waste water from a nuclear power plant becomes slightly radioactive.  So even though the water gets a second use, it still would end up in a radioactive pond somewhere, potentially leaking into groundwater sources.  Doesn't sound that wonderful to me.... read more

Event - Technology innovator in the San Francisco Bay Area

Learning from Nature to Design New Products

PAX Scientific, a San Francisco Bay Area engineering company, will give a talk of “Uses of Biomimicry to Create Products for a Greener Future”. The talk will cover inspiring applications of biomimicry principles and the new industries that are emerging from these scientific innovations.... read more

Common misconceptions about water

People believe there is enough fresh water and that all we need to do is ‘harvest’ it. We should remember that where water falls is not necessarily where people live or need it. Certain geographical areas have abundance, but we cannot utilize water everywhere, as usage depends on where people live, produce, and function. From opencage.com... read more

Conserving Water By Growing Native Plants

     Water, water, water every_____???  Not anymore. 

In the days of the water restrictions what can people do?  Lawns, plants, pools, car washing, etc., all of these require water usage outside of the daily shower, toilet flushing, brushing teeth and dish cleaning.

All of these could fill a book on how to conserve water and what are the best methods to use the water the most efficiently.  My concern today is plants.  Have you ever taken a look at the plants in your garden?  Have you seen these plants in your local woods, fields or other natural landscape?  I hope so, because if not you could be contributing to water shortages in your town.  ... read more

Green Book Review: The Blue Economy, by Gunter Pauli

The Blue Economy, 10 years, 100 innovations, 100 million jobs is a phenomenal book I have been reading lately by Gunter Pauli, founder of Ecover, and The Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives organization. The philosophy behind the book is the recognition and emulation of the interconnectedness of the five kingdoms of nature. Pauli presents an alternative economic system where human processes are modeled after natural systems, and work with nature, rather than against her. ... read more

Aquaponics - the inside scoop on the closed-looped, fish and produce yielding system

What is Aquaponics? 

It is a closed-looped, symbiotic process involving fish and produce where fish waste provides a food source for the plants and the plants provide a natural filter for the water the fish live in. So that means you can raise your own fish and grow your own produce in a self sustaining nutrient system.... read more

Penn & Teller: The Truth About Bottled Water

Rob's post about bottled water reminded me of a 2003 episode of Penn & Teller Bullsh*t.  It's absolutely hilarious.  It shows how ridiculous the bottled water industry is, as well as the people who only drink bottled water.  Enjoy!... read more

Safely Using Tap Water

Like many other people these days, I think bottled water is unnecessary.  Some people have concerns about the safety of their municipal tap water.   However, there are ways around it so no need to go the bottled water route!  Aside from getting a water filter, there are a few other tips.

First of all, DON'T USE HOT TAP WATER.  This is especially important if you have a baby and you're using tap water to make a bottle of formula.  This is because hot water dissolves contaminants more quickly than cold water and sometimes pipes in homes have lead that can leach into water.   ... read more

Rain Water Harvesting Workshops

Level 100 workshops are one day introduction courses open to anyone interested in learning more about rainwater harvesting in non-potable applications, such as landscape irrigation. This course will provide an overview of rainwater harvesting, history, uses and applicability to conserving rainfall as a natural resource. Concepts and techniques are introduced on harvesting rain for non-potable uses such as landscape irrigation and wildlife management.... read more

Small Australian Town Banned Bottled Water

In 1998, Americans drank about 4 billion gallons of bottled water.  Can you guess how many gallons of bottled water Americans chugged in 2008?  8.6 billion gallons.

In recent years, there's been a bit of a bottled water backlash, and rightfully so when you consider the waste builds up from these bottles.  In 2009, the first community in the world stepped forward and banned the sale of bottled water.
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