Nanoose Bay “The unthinkable has happened,” said Annette Tanner, Wilderness Committee spokesperson. “By signing off the cutting permit for the endangered forest, one bureaucratic error is now being buried by a second bureaucratic error, that could see the end of one of the last stands of public Coastal Douglas-fir forests in the province.”
“The Ministry of Environment failed to identify this forest as a Coastal Douglas-fir forest (CDFmm) which meant that instead of being included in the Provincial Government’s recent Land Use Order to protect the remaining CDFmm forests on public land, as these forests are in high risk of extinction, the decision for the future of this forest was shuffled off to the Ministry of Forest for logging,” said Tanner.
“We are also alarmed that the approval for logging was granted before the Forest Practice Board’s investigation into three complaints launched by the public that address sustainability issues for that forest,” said Tanner.
DL 33 lies within the boundaries of the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere reserve. ( www. mabr.ca ) The connection with the biosphere is significant. The UNESCO designated Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve is one of 15 in Canada and over 500 world wide. The mandate is to be a model of sustainability with an emphasis on the protection of biological diversity. This brings the Federal Government into the picture as they are signatories to the Convention on Biological Diversity. British Columbia also signed on as a province. The province will respond that they set aside 1600 hectares but research has revealed this to be a scam with very little in the way of older forests with the potential to regenerate or protect ecological values any time soon.
The biologist reviewing the cutting plans for the RPF suggested that the block shouldn’t be cut. A biologist for the ministry of forests suggested that the block shouldn’t be cut. The Forest Practices board has problems with it being cut. The Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities passed an emergency resolution asking that DL33 be spared. The Regional District of Nanaimo passed a unanimous resolution to protect DL33. The Town of Qualicum and City of Parksville, are opposed. Scott Fraser the MLA has raised DL33 in the BC legislature. This is public land and it is a total affront and a devious ploy to be making the First Nations the fall guys (faller guys) for destroying their cultural heritage.
With files from Phil Carson and Annette Tanner. For information: 250 752-6585 or cell 240-7470.
For background, go to http://www.nanoosebayforest.com
An agriculture based fundraiser took place in the Peace River valley last summer along Highway 29 at Bear Flat. All proceeds from a 20 acre oat crop were donated to Peace Valley Environment Association to help in the fight to stop the proposed Site C Dam. All equipment use, input cost and land rent were donated by Ken and Arlene Boon, Nick Parsons and Ardill Ranch. Numerous people also donated funds to PVEA to support preserving local agriculture.
A total of $4,285.00 was raised, not bad considering the drought conditions. A similar project is planned for this coming season.
Photo of Nick Parsons combining. Due to large numbers of grasshoppers, the makeshift contraption on front of combine pick up is to encourage them to jump out of the way and not end up in the hopper.
The unique agricultural lands of the Peace River Valley have an enormous potential to increase BC’s food self-reliance… at least 42 vegetables can be commercially grown in the valley.
Although a recent survey indicates that 91% of British Columbians feel it is important for BC to “produce enough food so [it doesn’t] have to depend on imports from other places”, BC continues to rely on imports for approximately 50% of its food supply.
The Peace River Valley contains a substantial amount of exceptional agricultural land, especially on its lower terraces. Approximately 10% of the valley is classified as premium Class 1 agricultural land, accounting for the vast majority of Class 1 land in Northern BC. Approximately 50% of the valley is classified as Class 2 land. Much of this Class 2 land would have agricultural capabilities equivalent to Class 1 land if irrigated.
The Peace River Valley’s climate is among the best in Canada for agriculture. Less than 1% of Canada’s total land base has the Class 1 climate of the Peace River Valley. The valley contains the only Class 1 climate in Northern BC.
Approximately 5340 ha of the Peace River Valley’s land would be flooded by Site C’s reservoir, over 1000 ha of additional land would be impacted by the project’s construction site and transmission line, and additional lands would be marginalized due to sloughing. At least 60% of the land which would be flooded by Site C’s reservoir has an agricultural capability class rating of 1 and 2; and at least 74% has a rating of 1 to 3.
“BC Hydro has suppressed our top-notch agricultural resources in Northeastern BC by buying up land reserve and consequently killing off the market gardens that used to flourish in the valley,” says Project Manager and Professional Biologist Brian Churchill. “The flooding from Site C would take these amazing fields off the map and put them under water. However, if Site C is stopped, once and for all, farmers could reinvest in vegetable crops, and BC residents would have a reliable local food source that actually grows with climate change.”
It’s official – The Japanese whaling fleet has called it quits in the Southern Ocean. At least for this season. If they return next season the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will be ready to resume our efforts to obstruct and disable Japanese whaling operations.
“The Nisshin Maru made a significant course change immediately after the Japanese government made it official that the whaling fleet has been recalled.” Said Captain Alex Cornelissen from the Bob Barker. “She looks like she’s going home!”
Australia Conservationists and the Australian government say they are not satisfied with Japan’s suspension of whaling in Antarctic waters and vow to continue their separate campaigns to force a permanent end to the hunt.
“Major cracks are now forming on Japan’s Policy to Slaughter Whales in the Antarctic. I think we are now witnessing the end of whaling in the southern hemisphere. Lets hope!”–Greenpeace Founder, Rod Marining
Australian Environment Minister Tony Burke said Thursday that the country would continue to pursue its case in the International Court of Justice to have whaling banned.
“This is a great victory for the whales,” said Captain Paul Watson, “but we did not do this alone. Without the support of the people of Australia and New Zealand we would not have been able to send voyages out for seven seasons from Australian and New Zealand ports. We are grateful to Senator Bob Brown and the Australian Green Party. We are very grateful to Bob Barker for giving us the ship that turned the tide in our efforts to force the Japanese fleet from these waters. We are grateful to all our shore volunteers and our supporting members. We are grateful to the Chilean Navy and the government of France for their support. It is a very happy day for people everywhere who love whales and our oceans.”
Tutoring centers allow your kids to get extra learning to supplement what they get in school. They operate just like schools except your kids get individualized care, and their lessons are flexible. These centers can help teach your kid more about the environment and how to take care of it.
If you are an environmentalist and need to save the world by saving the environment, you can start by ensuring that your children get the necessary environmental education. Tutoring centers can help you achieve that by teaching your kids about the environment.
Teaching Environmental Education
When in kindergarten, children have to study environmental education. This normally involves studying about different aspects of the environment and the weather among others. Through this, kids are also taught on how to take care of the environment either through songs, stories or through talking to them.
Children in upper levels are also taught environmental education, now more deeply to make them understand how to care for the environment. Here, children get actionable knowledge which they can use to save the environment. Some of the lessons include cleaning their rooms, collecting litter, caring for the trees and much more.
Environmental education does not stop and continues in all the education levels. As part of the curriculum, the tutors have to keep teaching children how to take care of the environment the right way.
Holding Environmental Campaigns
Tutoring centers can help take care of the environment and teach kids how to do so through leading by example. Here, they can hold environmental campaigns where they engage in activities such as cleaning the local hospital, collecting litter and planting trees. For most tutors, the best way for children to learn anything is through imitation.
Children can be part of the campaigns if their parents agree to it which exposes them to the environment and its factors. Most tutoring centers, however, only engage children in such activities during lessons and only show them the center environment. Either way, the students still get to learn more about the environment and why we need to take care of it.
Molding Students to be All-Rounded
One of the ways to ensure that kids take care of the environment is to teach them to think independently. This way, the kids will know what is good and what is not. They will know what matters for the environment and what does not and how to do thing systematically.
Kids are not only taught how to pass exams but also how to be responsible citizens, how to follow their talents and how to handle different situations with ease. This way, even when they are not offered environmental lessons, they know they are supposed to be responsible.
Choose a Good Tutoring Center
For your kids to grow up to be responsible citizens, get a good tutor for kids in Staten Island. The tutor should be willing to take up your children when your schedule allows. They should also be experienced in teaching different subjects. If you are choosing a tutoring center, choose one with good reviews.
Most computer and office power equipment manufacturers claim to produce power-efficient machines, but this is not always the case. With a power-efficient computer, you can save about $30 every year on electricity bills, and you save the environment by doing so.
If everyone would get a power-efficient computer, then the world will have conserved energy and exploitation of energy sources. Again, if you are working on a laptop, you need one that can operate for a long time on battery especially while traveling. Read on.
Energy Star Rating
This is the ultimate test that a computer is designed to be energy efficient. For a computer to qualify for energy star rating, it must meet certain strict regulations for power consumption and performance.
A laptop with energy star rating does not mean that it is less in performance as these are also inspected. If you do not know much about computers and how they operate to calculate energy consumption and efficiency, look for an energy star symbol. This saves you the struggle of considering other factors.
Energy star requirements considers a computer that is in use, in sleep mode or not in use at all. This ensures that your computer gives the best in terms of performance and power efficiency at all times.
Energy Management Features
Most computers are designed with power management features, but some have even more helping you save energy during its use. You need to go for a computer that automatically switches to power saving mode when you are not using it for a few minutes. Sleep mode, power saving mode, dim lights and such other features let you use less power when lightly using the computer.
Computers may have these features, but if you do not know how to use them or customize it to suit your needs, you will still have yours consume a lot of power. Some management features are set by the manufacturer but others you have to set them up. Ensure that you set your computer right to use as less power as possible and reduce electricity bills while saving the environment.
Desktop vs. Laptop
Desktops can consume between 60 and 200 watts of electricity when running normally while laptops use between 20 and 50 watts of the same. This makes laptops better when you need to save energy. Even better laptops have batteries that store power for later use.
If you work while on the go, and you need a computer that will conserve energy, a laptop is a good choice thanks to its simple system. This does not mean that the laptops are less superior. In fact, they have the same or better performance compared to desktops.
Save Power Today
Even after you have chosen an energy efficient, yet powerful laptops, you still need to ensure that it consumes less power. You can do this by ensuring that the computer is on power saving mode when not in use and that you have set it right. When using a laptop, ensure that you charge the battery and then unplug it to use the power in it first.
For over 40 years now, eco-friendly construction has taken center stage. A high number of organizations and governments are spearheading the campaigns towards environmental conservation. All aspects of construction including the bathroom have received a lot of attention.
The bathroom in both commercial and residential settings is responsible for a large amount of wastewater. With eco-friendly plumbing, home and business owners can save a staggering amount of water and save money while at it. While the current state of eco-friendly plumbing is disappointing, there is hope for the future.
Why Take Eco-Friendly Plumbing?
The state of the environment affects everyone in one way or the other. This is why eco-friendly living is important. The focus for many people when it comes to saving is on the money. The good thing is that going green can be a way to save money too; even if it may be costly to do an overhaul of the plumbing system. With eco-friendly plumbing, a person can do both, seeing that the materials and building practices needed are inexpensive.
Green plumbing and green construction is diverse spanning from green roofs, passive solar design, living walls to photovoltaics and much more. Most of the materials used in sustainable plumbing are recycled, energy-efficient and naturally produced. These materials will help you save on energy and water usage.
Toilets can use up to a third of the total water used in a home in a day which is way too much. With green plumbing, this amount can be significantly reduced which equates to huge financial savings each year.
Dual Plumbing Systems
Modern plumbing aims at conserving water. This is simply done through dual plumbing, also called dual piping, which separates water into reclaimed and potable water. Portable water is used for home use, including cooking, washing, and drinking while reclaimed water is used for flushing the toilet and irrigation.
In this case, sewage water is treated to remove waste and destroy micro-organisms to make it suitable for irrigation and other landscape uses. Besides dual plumbing, water that runs down the drains can be repurposed into different uses. This reduces household water usage significantly.
A good plumber will advise you on the best system to install in your home to conserve water and energy. New technologies are coming up to enhance water conservation as well as reduce plumbing costs in a home.
This is a practice in eco-friendly plumbing that has not been adopted by many people. Usually, repurposing human waste for use for irrigation and flushing turns most people off. However, most composting toilets today are fitted with pumps that direct the liquid waste to vents that reduce the smell.
Other toilets have been designed to incinerate human waste to ashes for fertilization. Human fertilizers have been shown to be very effective though they can be a little off-putting. The simple design of composting toilets makes them easy to construct and affordable for many homeowners.
Will Eco-Friendly Plumbing Last?
Eco-friendly plumbing will not be forgotten in the next ten or more years thanks to its cost-cutting and ease of installation characteristics. The aim of adopting eco-friendly plumbing is to save the environment, to enhance comfort and hygiene and ultimately save money. A high number of consumers include eco-friendly products in their shopping and majority of plumbing services such as http://austinplumberonline.com/ are already offering sustainable plumbing. Due to the many advantages linked with it, eco-friendly plumbing is definitely here to stay.
Globally, the environment is in a very bad place. Pollution is probably at an all-time high. Rivers are drying up while rainfall is no longer as reliable as it was a few years ago. The consequence of all this is drought, scarcity of food for humans and animals alike, and other negative effects. Fortunately, awareness of what must be done to remedy the situation is growing among governments, organizations, and individuals. Cleaning services are also going green to change the narrative.
This explains why the demand for green Simply Maid Melbourne services has gone up.
What benefits do you derive from paying for green maid cleaning services?
Air quality inside the home is just as important to you and the environment as what’s outside. Sadly, pollution inside the home can have severe consequences. Cleaning services help ensure that the air you breathe inside your home remains clean and pure. The services boost air quality at home and since the home is not a fully isolated from the external environment, the benefits can also spill over outside. Green cleaning services are a big boost in this regard. The services improve quality of air inside the house.
You can trust the cleaning supplies the Simply Maid Melbourne use. It uses green, eco-friendly supplies. Green products are not harmful. They are not hazardous. This cleaning method does not include using products that contain dangerous ingredients. Other cleaning methods use phenol, bleach, and ammonia, which are extremely powerful and hazardous. Such cleaning supplies are the worst to use in a room or house full of kids and pets. The hazardous products find their way into the environment where they cause more damage. Green cleaning uses natural floor cleaners as opposed to toxic products or supplies. It involves using products that cannot cause any damage, whether ingested or touched.
Cleaning companies can no longer afford to provide products that damage the environment. They have to take some responsibility. They have a responsibility to the environment, the current and the subsequent generations too. Their environmental footprint has to be positive. To achieve this objective, they need to get rid of chemical cleaners. Instead, they should embrace and begin using plant-based cleaners, which are safer and non-toxic.
Petrol-based cleaning products are a massive risk and dangerous to the environment. A cleaning company that takes its environmental responsibility seriously will never use petrol-based products. In fact, scientists discovered that it is possible to save as much as 82,000 barrels of oil each year when plant-based cleaning products receive the recognition they need from cleaning companies and households across the US alone.
Therefore, green cleaning services are advantageous as they encourage using natural, plant-based cleaning products, which are excellent for the environment. They are worth paying for to keep the home clean since they are good for everyone in the home and for the environment. To enjoy these benefits, however, you need to hire companies that provide green cleaning services. Start by contacting Simply Maid today if you need help in this matter.
There’s no doubt as to how beneficial trees are. Despite their numerous benefits to the environment, animals, and surrounding plants, there comes a time when removal is necessary. This is particularly the case for trees that are clearly hazardous; having a weak or damaged trunk, and branches that perennially fall posing a danger to humans, animals, and property. Studies are suggesting that sustainable practices in forestry such rotational harvesting and selective trimming can be beneficial in some instances. If you have determined the necessity of removing a tree, the removal methods should still be safe for the environment.
Before embarking on the removal, you must first determine if the tree falls under the protected vegetation categories. If so you must seek the necessary permits as required by the Brisbane tree removal laws. Once this is done, you can turn to the details of how to remove the tree. Here are environmentally friendly tree removal practices:
Do It at the Right Time
Birds use some trees during nesting seasons. If this is the case for a tree you want to remove, you should wait until the nests are no longer being used. Once the birds have fledged, you can have the tree removed.
Use the Right Methods
Big trees are often removed by cutting and the stump being dug out if so desired by the owner. The chainsaw and other gardening tools often used in tree removal are generally friendly to the environment. However, there are instances where chemical methods are employed to kill tree stumps when they aren’t being removed. Here are methods that can be used for killing trees safely without adversely affecting the environment:
• Epsom salt: A mixture of Epsom salt and twice its amount of water can kill a tree if poured over and around the stump.
• Caustic soda: A 1:2 ratio of caustic soda to water mixed and applied to the trunk’s lower portion can kill the roots after several applications.
• Herbicides: An herbicide that has minimal or no negative effects on the environment can be used, according to the instructions, to kill trees.
• Other methods include pouring concentrated nitrogen fertilizers in holes, using stump grinders, removing the inner bark, and covering the stump with dark material that blocks sunlight from reaching it. These methods help to keep the stump from growing new branches.
Replant Whenever Possible
Sometimes, trees are removed not because they are damaged but because they are growing in an undesired place such that when mature they can become hazardous. In such cases and if the tree is still young and able to handle the move, you can replant the tree elsewhere with the help of an arborist.
Felling especially of big trees can be dangerous if done by an inexperienced person who doesn’t have the requisite tree removal knowledge. Therefore, it is better to seek the help of tree removal professionals who will do it right. You can conveniently find experts online at www.protreeremovalbrisbane.com.au. Trees are beneficial while standing but even when felled; there are multiple ways they can be utilized. Find practical ways to use the resulting wood, leaves, and twigs and responsibly dispose of whatever cannot be used.
Several human activities impact the environment negatively; from the products, we use to the way we use resources that are now scarce. This is why eco-friendly living and conservation has become so important. There are several ways individuals can promote a healthier environment from within their own homes. Here are some tips.
Healthy, Eco-friendly Products
All homes use one product or the other for different purposes. Common uses include house cleaning, laundry, and bathing. There’s nothing wrong with using different cleaning and bathing products except that many of them have chemicals that have been discovered to negatively impact not just the human health but also the environment either through air or water. The good thing is, that there are a number of green-certified products for a healthier home now available in stores, from bath to kitchen supplies. When these products are released through water into the environment, they won’t negatively impact the air and water quality or affect the plant, animal, and marine life.
Healthy, Eco-friendly DIYs
There are also commonly used ingredients such as lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and vinegar that have found alternative uses in cleaning homes, clothes, and dishes to achieve a clean, healthy home and environment. Most of these products are also safe for the skin and respiratory system and are not a problem for those with allergies. Just make sure you dot mix ingredients that can be dangerous such as mixing products containing chlorine and ammonia.
Your appliances should be designed and installed with the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle in mind. Get energy and water-efficient appliances such as eco-friendly dishwashers, washing machines, driers and air conditioners. When you buy them, keep them clean and germfree. Further, keep them free of mould and odors. For those that you can do without, don’t buy them. Save your money and electricity instead.
Reuse and recycle
By buying long-lasting products such as utensils, and appliances, you will have fewer things crowding your home and little products to throw away that contribute to landfill. Avoiding plastic not only has health benefits for the occupants of your home, but you also don’t have to look for a place to recycle them. Invest in other alternatives such as cloth bags instead of plastic bags. Items for which there are no healthier, eco-friendly alternatives should be disposed of safely by looking for a place that recycles them.
Maintain your roofing and plumbing
Aside from installing eco-friendly roofing and plumbing systems, you need to keep them in the best condition. Ensure there are no leaks because if you have water is leaking from your roof or plumbing fixtures, you may have to contend with a moist or wet floor that needs constant wiping. In addition, such neglect provides a fertile ground for mould to grow, which has serious health implications.
Dispose of toxic substances responsibly
Some building materials, automotive products, pesticides, light bulbs containing mercury, and cleaning products, batteries contain toxic substances and must be appropriately disposed of. Discover which facilities are available in your area to handle such toxic waste. In their absence, try to research on other safe disposal methods that you can use.
There are a lot more ways to achieve a healthy home. Find the ones that you can easily adopt and slowly build towards a green, healthy home.
Cleaning your house is necessary for various reasons, but also one of the ways in which the environment is negatively impacted. To help take care of the environment, here are steps to cleaning your house that contribute to a cleaner environment and natural resource preservation.
1. Dispose Hazardous Waste Responsibly
Hazardous waste can leach out of landfills and into water streams. If burnt, toxic fumes can be released into the environment harming human and animal life. Don’t throw hazardous items in your wastebaskets or pour toxic liquids down the drain. Use the services available in your area for disposal of certain types waste and research on the best ways to get rid of different types of waste.
2. Use Eco-Friendly Products
In place of toxic products that are environmentally unfriendly, choose safer alternatives. Go slow on the disinfectants and bleaches and try some ingredients in your kitchen cupboard that can help you achieve a house that is just as clean. Furthermore you should use appliances that are more environmentally friendly, like stackable washer dryers that use less water and/or energy.
3. Use Durable, Reusable Accessories
Use durable sponges, mops, buckets, and vacuums and opt for cloth rags to reduce use of paper towels. This way, you have less waste to go to landfills and contribute to saving resources such as trees.
4. Use the Right Water and Conserve It
There are times when you need hard water and others that require it soft. By using the right type for your needs, you can save on the energy used in softening and products for cleaning. Further, embrace the principles of reusing and recycling water as using less of it.
These are a few green measures you could adapt. There are many more eco-friendly ways you can explore to achieve a clean house.
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Trees are highly beneficial. They create a beautiful, calming environment, help reduce soil erosion, use up carbon dioxide and replenish oxygen, provide shade from hot sun, and are a source of food and medicine. These benefits are also associated with the southern magnolia trees. These evergreen trees are known for their beauty that spans seasons are excellent shade trees that can be planted anywhere including on the sides of streets.
Southern Magnolia Trees
The leaves and seeds of the southern magnolias and several other types as well have been used for medicinal purposes for a long time. Despite the magnificence and the benefits, these trees also have some drawbacks. They can take quite a lot of time, often ten years, before blooming. In addition, you can’t plant anything beneath the magnolia tree canopy because the shade can become really dense.
You also have to carefully select the place to plant the tree since its shallow roots can crack the pavement and its leaves which drop throughout the years can be an eyesore if planted at the front of the house. They also lack the steadiness of deep-rooted trees, thus they require staking. These are however not major drawbacks, and most of them have workarounds such that you can still enjoy the benefits of these highly prized trees.
If you decide to plant southern magnolia trees, you should be ready for magnolia tree winter Protection. This is especially important for young trees planted in areas that experience very harsh winters because the trees can die if not well protected.
In times of tight resources, resource and environmental conservation has become a top concern. Communities, governments and foundations advocate for saving wetlands, river valleys, forests and wildlife habitats. At the home front, people are encouraged to start looking into their lifestyles and changing some habits to reduce resource wastage. Home appliance designers and manufacturers have not been left behind thus more environmentally friendly appliances have been produced. New technologies also keep coming up that aim to keep wastage of resources to a minimum as well as find ways to eliminate the need to use scarce resources altogether.
Looking through product recommendation and review sites such as http://mejorcosas.casa/mejor-lavadoras/ you will discover highly efficient modern washing appliances that go a long way in saving water and energy. High-efficiency washers include front-load machines and the HE top-load alternative, which use much less water and energy than the traditional models. Here are some newer washing machines and concepts that have been touted to change the washing machine future landscape possibly.
This washer design developed by Villanueva and Arino is made up of three pods each with a different task. One washes, the second one dries, and the third pod serves as a water filtration unit. The water goes through the three pods and is recycled and reused. The filtration tank cleans the water which then flows back washing pod; minimizing water wastage.
Fun while washing
Who ever thought play can be a way to clean clothes? The swirl concept makes that a possibility. In this design, a spherical tub filled with laundry and water is turned into a plaything. The motion during play agitates and scrubs the laundry clean. Designed to operate without electricity, this washer would be a great way to get clean clothes even when there is no electricity or gas supply. Further, it doesn’t require a constant supply of water so, in areas where there is no direct connection, it can simply be rolled to a water source. Not only can it be used for washing, but it can also be used to collect and transport water from the source to homes.
Available for commercial use, the Xeros washing machine uses beads made of polymer to clean laundry; saving water. The beads mix with detergent and laundry as the machine runs removing dirt from the items being washed. Water is not needed for the wash itself but for extracting the beads. The beads are recyclable as they are cleaned in a special cycle and reused. The exact amount of water saved by using this technology is estimated to be between fifty and eighty percent. While there may be people with doubts regarding the convenience of using beads for cleaning, these washing machines if available for home use can be invaluable in areas facing water scarcity.
Steam cleaning is a largely explored concept in the design of washing machines. Such machines are considered to have the ability to save on water use. Designs such as Electrolux renew, and the Innova washer utilizes this concept.
Other designs include tiny, highly portable washers using different technologies such using vibration and steam. Although some of these concepts have not been developed into machines available for home use, they may just help save the environment once they are developed.
Environmental problems such as the increasing scarcity of clean water have been linked to human activities. From releasing waste water into water bodies to deforestation, the human species is responsible for a myriad of environmental evils. The same evils which now threaten the existence of the human along with other species on earth. Some of eco-friendly practices and technologies are now being adopted to try and stop the negative effects on the environment. Plumbing is one of the areas that can be designed to help protect the environment.
Plumbing provides a way to convey water into homes and buildings used for other purposes. It also ensures that that waste water and sewage is taken out of the buildings. Proper plumbing ensures this is done while fostering water conservation. With the help of a good Staten Island plumber, you should be able to create a plumbing system that uses eco-friendly fixtures and supports water conservation efforts. Here are ways you can conserve water through plumbing.
Use water-efficient toilets
The area where the largest amount of water is used up, especially in homes is the toilet. It, therefore, makes sense that efficient water use in the toilet should be top among water conservation efforts. Newer toilet designs are created to use less water while efficiently performing the purpose they were meant for. Toilets utilizing technologies such as dual-flush technologies reduce water wastage. This technology is anchored on the fact that flushing liquid wastes don’t require as much water as solid waste does. Thus depending on the waste, you can use full- or partial-flush. Other water saving technologies include low-flow toilets, waterless urinals, and high-efficiency toilet faucets.
Today, there are different types of showerheads, some very efficiently such that they can reduce water flow significantly. These low-flow Showerheads minimise the amount of water used in the shower thus if used with a few water saving tactics; they can make an impact on the amount of water utilized in the home.
Installing systems for water reuse
These include systems for rainwater collection and gray water reuse systems. A good Plumber in Staten Island can help devise ways to get the rain water collected from the roof and directed into the house for a number of uses. Further, he can help create a water reuse system that redirects gray water from the sink to the toilet to be used for flushing. Grey water can also be redirected to your backyard garden or lawn. This enables you to save the clean water for other uses.
Use the right water pipes
Using pipes of the right size and material for your specific plumbing needs helps to ensure that you get the right water pressure and reduces chances of water leakage and in effect wastage. In addition to its role in saving water, using the right material can also help save on energy because the right material and insulation of the pipes can minimize heat loss.
These are just some of the plumbing methods which should go hand-in-hand with sewage water treatment and other conservation efforts to foster environmentally friendly living. By adopting these methods and technologies, you can reduce your utility bills while contributing to efforts aimed at preserving clean water, which is scarce.