Sustainable Water Solutions
- Best Practices Database in Improving the Living Environment
searchable database contains over 2150 proven solutions from more than 140 countries to the common social, economic and environmental problems of an urbanizing world. Do a Database Search on 'water'.
- Biomimicry and AskNature.org
Biomimicry is a new science that studies nature's models and then imitates or takes inspiration from these designs and processes to solve human problems, e.g., a salt water filtration system inspired by a mangrove tree. AskNature.org is an online searchable database of nature-based solutions to common everyday problems.
- Composting Toilet
use biological processes to deal with the disposal and processing of human excrement into organic compost material. Composting toilets do not require water. Specifics on installation and operation.
handmade solar cooker converts salt water to fresh water - about five liters a day.
- Greywater Recycling
wastewater generated from processes such as washing dishes, laundry and bathing and reused typically for irrigation.
- Millennium Development Goals (MDG) (goal #7)
eight goals that all 191 United Nations member states have agreed to try to achieve by the year 2015. Goal number 7 includes a commitment to reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water.
- Natural Treatment Systems by John Todd
innovative new approaches to processing sewage and industrial waste water using micro-organisms, fish, and plants.
- Plastic Water Bottle Ban (U.S. Town)
the start of hopefully additional bans on plastic water bottles in cities/towns. Plastic water bottles consume a large amount of energy, increases waste, and leads to corporatization of water supplies.
- Rainwater Harvesting
the collection and storage of rain from roofs or from a surface catchment for future use. The water is generally stored in rainwater tanks or directed into mechanisms which recharge ground water.
- Reclaimed Water
wastewater (sewage) that has been treated and purified for reuse, rather than discharged into a body of water.
- Smart Pumps
data transmitters that fit inside hand pumps and send text messages if the devices break down. Used in Africa. (PDF report)
- Soap Nuts (Sapindus)
an environmentally friendly laundry detergent and general cleaning soap made from soap nut berries.
- Solar Desalination
the desalination of water using solar energy.
- Sustainable Water Filtration Systems
award winning inexpensive and sustainable water filtration systems for developing countries.
- Water Conservation
using technology and water-conserving practices to minimize wasting water.
- Waterfree Urinals
eliminates the use of water or the sewer system from urinals.