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

Posted by & filed under Biological Cleaning, Potable Water, Regional Water Cycle, Storm Water, Waste Water, Water Conservation, Water Contaminaton & Loss, Water Harvesting.

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… Read more »

Banana Circles

Posted by & filed under Biological Cleaning, Food Plants - Perennial, Irrigation, Plant Systems, Waste Water, Water Conservation, Water Harvesting.

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… Read more »

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

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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,… Read more »

Purple Root Water Hyacinth – A Natural Remedy for Pollution

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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… Read more »

Water Retention Landscape Techniques for Farm and Garden

Posted by & filed under Aquaculture, Biological Cleaning, Dams, Earth Banks, Irrigation, Potable Water, Storm Water, Swales, Terraces, Waste Water, Water Conservation, Water Harvesting.

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… Read more »

John Todd Living Machines Lecture

Posted by & filed under Biological Cleaning, Plant Systems, Soil Biology, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Soil Rehabilitation, Waste Systems & Recycling, Waste Water, Water Contaminaton & Loss.

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… Read more »

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

Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Biological Cleaning, Community Projects, Demonstration Sites, Education Centres, Irrigation, Land, Plant Systems, Waste Systems & Recycling, Waste Water, Water Conservation, Water Harvesting.

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… Read more »

Recycling Animal and Human Dung is the Key to Sustainable Farming

Posted by & filed under Compost, Health & Disease, Soil Conservation, Soil Rehabilitation, Waste Systems & Recycling, Waste Water, Water Conservation, Water Contaminaton & Loss.

© 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… Read more »

Cleaning House the Permaculture Way

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In permaculture design we look at the inputs and outputs of various components, and try to connect things to each other so that the supply from one thing meets the demand of another. We can grow our own food, and thus meet the nutritional needs of the family, and the organic waste is looped back… Read more »