Category: Waste Water

Permaculture for Pastoralists in the Jordan Valley – Part II

Note: If you haven’t already, you can read Part I here. A Dead Sea Valley family home with their typical front ‘lawn’. Photo © Craig Mackintosh The title may lead you to think we are talking about people who manage pasture or have access to wide areas of rangeland. In fact, we are talking about people whose parents and grandparents were nomadic pastoralists that ranged flocks of animals across vast […]

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April 9th: The Day that Water Won! (USA)

Water harvesting earthworks at the WMG Learning Lab capture water after a rain For one day, we have the opportunity to vote for sustainable water practices. We have the opportunity to vote for living systems — the very systems that permaculture is based on. Your vote can help fund the slowing, sinking and spreading of sustainable water practices that have far-reaching benefits for communities around the world.

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Banana Circles

Banana circles can be used in tropical and sub-tropical areas to utilise waste water, run-off or overflow from rainwater tanks, and even urine waste from dry composting toilets. It is possible to use other plants in a similar system, but bananas are an excellent choice as they are very heavy feeders and also need a lot of water to be productive. The fruit from banana palms is highly nutritious and […]

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Laundry to Landscape Urban Greywater Installation: Greening the Sonoran Desert (Phoenix, Arizona)

This past November (2013), Watershed Management Group’s Green Living Co-op installed a "Laundry to Landscape" greywater system at my house. Enthusiastic co-op member ready to dig in! The Green Living Co-op runs on a barn-raising principle — basically you earn ‘hours’ by participating in other members’ projects.  After you’ve earned a set amount of hours, you qualify to host a workshop at your house.

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Grey Water Grease Trap (PRI Maungaraeeda, Sunshine Coast, Australia)

Slightly downhill and about 20 metres away from the sink at our student space (which is now our main eating area), our wonderful long term volunteer Dani implemented a worm farm grease trap design.

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Purple Root Water Hyacinth – A Natural Remedy for Pollution

A weed that has spread from South America to many tropical and semi-tropical countries now developed by Chinese scientists into a variety that is far less invasive and very effective at cleaning heavily polluted lakes and rivers. by Prof Peter Saunders A fully referenced and illustrated version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. Pollution in Dianchi Kunming, the capital of […]

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Overview of Brad Lancaster Homestead Water-Harvesting Strategies (Arizona)

A water-harvesting overview highlighting some of the strategies implemented at the Lancaster homestead to harvest street runoff, roof runoff (with simple filtration), and greywater. See Brad’s award-winning books "Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond" for more.

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Water Retention Landscape Techniques for Farm and Garden

As the effects of climate change pursue, the necessity to build resilient communities and farms becomes ever more apparent. Often farmers are stuck dealing with incessant rainfall, hurricanes, floods and droughts. Many innovative water conservation methods have emerged and are being practiced all over the globe — some have been practiced for centuries and others are much newer, however each require different types of resources. Most of these methods provide […]

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How to be Water Wise

We are constantly being reminded of the necessity to use water with great care, yet this does not mean we have to abandon efforts to grow things — and especially our own food. There are many simple and practical ideas for home gardeners to make sure that their food gardens survive and thrive in the hot, dry and windy months. Water harvesting – catching and storing rainwater and dew from […]

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John Todd Living Machines Lecture

I’m so blown away by the work of John Todd. He works on a huge scale cleaning horrendous toxins out of water. I suspect he knows a bit about permaculture. I saw Bill Mollison’s book listed on one of his websites. Above is a video that I think gives amazing insight on using plants (and even snails) to clean toxins from water.

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Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge: Kitchen Grey-Water System Report of Implementation and Design Update (Ethiopia)

As most of us know, grey water is a term used to refer to “waste” water that has been used once in any domestic system except for toilets (which is referred to as black water). However grey water from the kitchen may be considered as “dark grey” water on account of the fact that it tends to contain a lot more fats and protein from the grease and grime that […]

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Recycling Animal and Human Dung is the Key to Sustainable Farming

© Kris De Decker, low-tech magazine (edited by Shameez Joubert) © Illustrations in red & black: Diego Marmolejo Flushing the water closet is handy, but it wreaks ecological havoc, deprives agricultural soils of essential nutrients and makes food production dependent on fossil fuels. For 4,000 years, human excrements and urine were considered extremely valuable trade products in China, Korea and Japan. Human dung was transported over specially designed canal networks […]

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