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Cold Showers Result in Fewer Sick Days, Promote Sustainability

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 20, 2018 9:30:00 AM

"The cold showering volunteers were absent nearly 30 percent less than the control group"

Vista, CA - For 30 consecutive days, three thousand volunteers in The Netherlands were asked to shower as they normally do, but finish their morning showers with a 30-, 60-, or 90-second blast of cold water. 

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First of Its Kind Satellite Study Maps Earth’sFreshwater Availability

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 15, 2018 9:35:04 AM

"This is the first time we've assessed how freshwater availability is changing everywhere on Earth, using satellite observations"

For the past 14 years, a NASA-led research team working with the University of Maryland has been tracking freshwater availability in 34 regions of the world. The group published the results of their multi-year study in May 2018.
"This is the first time we've assessed how freshwater availability is changing everywhere on Earth, using satellite observations," said Matt Rodell, lead author of the paper and chief of the Hydrological Sciences Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. 
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Lax Enforcement Has Fouled Florida's Biggest River

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 29, 2018 1:21:22 PM

Non-enforcement has left the St. Johns River roiling with bacteria and excessive nitrogen.

Tallahassee — Six major facilities pump millions of gallons of contaminated wastewater every day into a slow-moving St. Johns River that cannot flush out the pollution load, leaving it officially classified as impaired.  While much of this massive discharge is legal, significant amounts violate permit limits without triggering required enforcement or corrective action, according to a series of complaints filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

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Replace a Faulty Toilet Flapper and Save Water and Money

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 26, 2018 10:31:10 AM

In a new report, the United Nations is projecting that 5 billion people could suffer water shortages by 2050 due to climate change, increased demand and polluted supplies.

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Groundwater Monitoring Reveals Widespread Radioactivity at Duke Energy Coal Plants​

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 7, 2018 10:26:27 AM

Data shows high levels of radioactivity at 11 of 18 plants.

Today is the deadline for coal-fired power plants to post the results of their groundwater monitoring under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2015 rule regulating the storage and disposal of coal ash. EPA required such monitoring to determine the extent to which coal ash impoundments and landfills were contaminating groundwater. The results confirm the widespread groundwater contamination caused by coal ash around the country. In particular, Duke Energy’s results reveal startlingly high levels of radioactivity at 11 out of 18 plants. 

Contrary to industry practices, Duke Energy did not summarize its groundwater monitoring results in a table, instead burying results in more than 20,000 pages of lab results. Earthjustice Senior Attorney Lisa Evans took a closer look at the data, and found what Duke Energy might have been trying to hide: high levels of radioactivity at a majority of its plants. 

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Rule on Using Greywater Properly

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Nov 2, 2017 10:35:16 AM

There are some rules and guidelines to follow in order to use greywater safely and properly.

One of the many ways commercial facilities are reducing water consumption is to use greywater. Greywater is referred to as "gently used" water coming from restroom sinks, kitchen sinks, showers, etc.
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Non-Profit Helps Rural Americans Dig Wells and Access Clean Water

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Oct 27, 2017 10:28:54 AM

Acquiring safe drinking water can be a big challenge for people in isolated areas.This organization helps.

Life is “strenuous and stressful” when you don’t have running water, Benton County resident Mike Frazee told lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Thursday. He described the challenges people face when they don’t have a well and their homes aren’t connected to municipal waterlines.

Members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife were attentive as the 41-year-old construction worker spoke.

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Heaviland Landscape Management Reports 2016 Water Savings Numbers

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 8, 2017 12:05:39 PM

Turf removal projects save San Diego County over 14 million gallons of potable water annually.

While the drought in San Diego County may be over, the recent years-long dry spell will continue to impact Southern California residents and its landscape for years to come. Heaviland Landscape Management’s 2016 commercial landscape and irrigation renovations are projected to save San Diego more than 14 million gallons of potable water annually, while reminding residents and business-owners to continue conservation efforts.

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Waterseer Device Now in Development Extracts Drinking Water from Air Using Wind Energy

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Nov 21, 2016 1:20:54 PM

A prototype of the device was successfully tested in April 2016, and the inventors hope to raise enough money to roll out a version for under $150. 

Here's a Q and A from their website:

Does WaterSeer™ exist, or are these just concepts?

The original WaterSeer™ model was tested as a prototype at the UC Berkeley Gill Tract Farm in April 2016. Results were excellent; of the several variations tested, all exceeded water production goals. One model stood out above all others, generating up to 11 gallons from nine-square-feet of condensation surface! The current model was finalized in August of 2016 and will be field tested in coordination with the National Peace Corps Association once crowdfunding raise is complete. Your contributions will help us test and finalize the design so that we can move forward!

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The Sixth Ocean: Harnessing Atmospheric Water to Promote Water Security

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Nov 14, 2016 2:31:52 PM

Although it’s pricey, at almost $9,000 per unit, this appliance pulls water from the atmosphere at energy levels compatible with solar power.

(Editor’s note. We accepted this article for publication provided that the manufacturer answer several of our technical questions. See those responses at the end of the article)

By Benjanim Blumenthal, Co-founder and CEO, SunToWater Technologies

There’s an ocean of water right above our heads, and finding a sustainable way to harness its power can help us mitigate water scarcity and water pollution.

Yes, this is a bold statement—but a fiercely true one.

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