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Rainwater Harvesting

[img_assist|nid=427|title=|desc=Rainbarrels line the side of a garage.|link=node|align=left|width=125|height=100]This page includes the main article, web resources, city resources, and links to other water harvesting organizations around the county.

Harvesting rainwater can reduce our need–and demand–for water transport systems that threaten the health of the water cycle and our local environments.

On any house lot, there are three potential sources for harvesting the rain: Direct rainfall, street harvesting, and roof harvesting.

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Composting Toilets

[img_assist|nid=86|title=|desc=Corn grown with urine-fertilizer. (photo by Peter Morgan, Aquamor)|link=node|align=left|width=125|height=100]The modern day sewer system has failed. Fortunately, we don’t need costly sewage plants or septic systems to render human waste into a harmless substance that, instead of being a problem, is a solution to problems of water shortages, water pollution, and reliance on chemical fertilizers.

This is ecological sanitation, taking care of our human sanitation needs in a way that is helpful, rather than harmful, to the environment.

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Greywater Reuse

[img_assist|nid=257|title=|desc=Greywater irrigated landscape|link=node|align=left|width=120|height=93]Greywater is water from your bathroom sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines. It is not water that has come into contact with feces, either from the toilet or from washing diapers.

Greywater may contain traces of dirt, food, grease, hair, and certain household cleaning products. While greywater may look “dirty,” it is a safe and even beneficial source of irrigation water in a yard. There are many simple, economical ways to reuse greywater in the landscape.

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