Introduction to Water Collection & Treatment
Unique water-related activities, behaviours or ideas you can implement in your dayto-day life to live more sustainably.
Drip irrigation is commonly known for reducing water usage in irrigation, and Bamboo drip irrigation is one step more ecofriendly than usual methods. This method is commonly used in North Eastern states of India by the native farmers for centuries. Water from mountain springs is channeled through bamboo poles to the farm land and liters of water is now converted in to hundreds of drops, this is then used to irrigate Betel, black pepper, are canut and other vegetables. Other than common drip irrigation this method is 100% carbon neutral because of the less use of synthetic materials in constructing the setup. Attempts have been made to introduce modern PVC pipe systems but farmers prefer to use their indigenous bamboo of irrigation. The new systems have met with suspicion and local farmers do not trust the new materials nor the people who supply them.
On the first glance ice stupas are actually glaciers, but they are artificially created for getting water for irrigation in Ladakh, Himalayas. Water is necessary for irrigation and the glacial melt water arrives only on late spring so villagers cannot start farming. To overcome this difficulty Indian engineer, Sonam Wangchuk invented this method. During winter they pipe freezing water from lakes or streams to upper hills near farm land and they allow water to sprinkle down which urges it to instantly freeze, which slowly forming ice pyramids of more than 64 ft in height. Since, it looks like Buddhists temples it is called Ice stupas. During summer, since the stupas are in low land compared to mountain they melt quickly before mountain glaciers and supply water to village.
Rain water harvesting is typically collecting rain water in storage ponds or tanks, usually rain water runoff from roof top is collected in reservoirs for future use. The water from roof is typically passed through different filters before storing. This water can be later used for cleaning and gardening, and if treated can be used for drinking too. A water harvesting method can be incorporated in to our house, business center or apartment and this water can be used in flushing, washing cloths and cleaning (these 3 constitute nearly 60% of total water use), this will significantly reduce our water bill. This is one of the most effective methods in water conservation and most widely used.
Billions of liters of water is daily used for flushing in toilet, with the use of water less urinals we can over com this problem. It is like a typical urinal and the only difference is it does not use water and since urine is 96% water it can easily flow. Water less urinals use sealant fluid that act as a vapour trap, it is actually a mixture of natural oils which are actually lighter than water. Urine pass through this liquid and flows out and oil remains. This can reduce the water usage dramatically.“
Composting toilet is one which uses less water and instead decompose human waste and excreta which contain 90% of water. Water is evaporated and rest is decomposed using biological agents and reduced and later used in agriculture. This is almost natural and just like garden composting. A composting toilet must perform 3 duties:1. Compost the waste and toilet paper quickly and without odour2. Ensure safe and non harmful germ fee fertilizer at the end 3. Evaporate the liquid quickly.
Slow drip from a tap can waste 7 to 10 gallons of water every day which leads to almost 3600 gallons per year. Even though its small consider 1 % of water is only potable. Each and every time while seeing a leaky tap just fix it quickly. During the summer, avoid using recreational water toys that use a constant stream of water, like sprinklers. But, if you do, have your kids use them on areas of your yard that need more water.8. Water grass at night or early morning to avoid evaporation – Watering your grass in the heat of the day allows the sun to evaporate much of the water before it’s absorbed into the soil, causing the need for more frequent watering. Watering grass in the evening or early morning before the sun rises achieves the same healthy lawn with less water.
Acid rain is defined as precipitation in any form that has acidic properties, such as nitric and sulfuric acid which is formed in the atmosphere and falls to the ground. The pH scale is used the measure acidity and alkalinity in solutions. The lower the substance’s pH value is (less than 7), the more acidic the substance is. If the substance has a higher pH value (greater than 7) then the more alkaline it is. Normal rain has a pH...
The Great Gatsby is a story set in the 1920s and written by F. Scott Fitzgerald to convey a warning about the state of society. The title character’s goal is to overcome the social class barriers that prevent him and his lover, Daisy, from being together. He is trying to live out what many would refer to as the “American Dream”. However, Fitzgerald’s overarching point is that the American Dream and its promises are lies. Throughout the book, Fitzgerald includes...
Rainforests have without a doubt the most convoluted soundscapes on the planet. In this thick tumult of frightening little animals, primates, flying animals, and everything else that moves in the forest, in what capacity may you perceive the indications of illegal logging? The old remote you have sitting in your work territory bureau may have the answer. Topher White contributes an impressive measure of vitality walking around—and thinking about—the timberland, and how quickly we’re losing it. To such a degree,...
The performance of masculinity, a theory introduced by Judith Butler, is explored through the characters in Arturo Islas’ The Rain God. Islas introduces male characters that encompass a wide range of masculine representations and roles placed upon the male gender specifically in the Mexican culture. His text constructs masculinity in his characters through the representation and image of the body. At a young age Islas battles polio and is left with a limp, this illness creates an awareness of his...
Hey, do you remember our first meeting? The first meeting you had in mind is probably different from mine. My first meeting with you was on that rainy day in April. You remember that I love the rain but I never told you the reason behind it. I didn’t have a particular fondness for rain, it just seems so gloomy, so dark. For some reason, that day, I just wanted to look outside of the window. So the 10 years...
As stated earlier, rainy days are enjoyed by people of all ages. The kids are probably the most excited lot of all. Rainy days bring pleasant weather and uplift the moods of kids. Moreover, it gives them a chance to step out and play in the rain, jump in the puddles and make paper boats. Similarly, for students, a rainy day means a break from school. It gives them a break from their monotonous routine as the school declares a...
Waiting for the Rain was inspired by the unjust policy of apartheid in South Africa. During the unfair treatment a young boy endured, he had to decide if the value of friendship can overcome extreme tensions risen by a unfavorable system. It all began on a farm on the South African veld. Tengo was a black boy who laborer on the farm of Frikkie’s uncle. As a child, he was blinded from the unfairness and hardships, and found thorough bliss...
The natural daily events started without delay. Birds were twittering and singing like the voices of angels, filling the air with the sweet sound of nature. They flew around, rooftop to rooftop at amazing speeds. Their feathers ruffled slightly in the breeze and, quite often, they sprung around on their tiny, diminutive feet on the lawns of people, living in the area, searching around for any traces of food for their breakfast. The sun had now fully risen revealing all...
DEFINATION: Precipitation or rain with a high concentration of acids produced by, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and other such gases which result from the combustion of fossil fuels. This has a destructive effect on buildings, aquatic life, and plant. Certain pollutants in the air made the rain acidic and now the rain is called acid rain. Acid rain is a type of acid deposition. It can appear in many forms. Rain, fog, snow, or sleet which is wet deposition that...
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