Just one issue of overpopulated prisons

Just about everybody knows about prisons and how overpopulated they are. Some prisons are even being run at double-capacity, unable to sustain themselves without help. As a result of this overcrowding, there is twice as much garbage being produced as well as twice as much human waste. Since the facilities are seldom upgraded to handle the entire prison population, many prisons are forced to “look the other way” while equipment functions above save levels, or as sewage spills over containment systems.
One innovative prison in Kenya is using natural solutions to fix the problems of excess waste. Shimo la Tewa prison in Mombasa, Kenya is implementing a sanitation project to purify and neutralize the inmates’ waste. The prison is creating an artificial wetland to purify the sewage. The resulting products from this sewage treatment could be used to irrigate farms or even create fish farms. This would help the economy by giving inmates tasks to complete; as well as the ability to sell produce in a market and generate income.
Surprisingly enough, artificial wetlands are incredibly cost-effective where viable. In Kenya, the system would cost as little as $110,000-a mere $25 per person served. Sewage-related illnesses cause as many as 4 million man hours to be lost per year. This is approximately $16 billion per year, a number that dwarves the cost of a sanitation system.
On top of the saved money from treatment, these artificial ecosystems are expected to create a large amount of habitat for local species. Income produced by the sewage system is expected to be about $50,000 annually.
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How to save water in an industrial environment

One of the most difficult places to save water is the industrial sector. Since a significant portion of the equipment and machinery is highly customized, it is difficult to recommend new ways of saving water. For example, precision equipment that uses water is often one of a kid, and thus the most efficient version available.
Aside from installing completely new equipment, one possible way to save water is by carefully maintaining all equipment and machinery. With any equipment that uses water, it is crucial to maintain properly because every small malfunction can accumulate to waste significant amounts of water. By properly maintaining all equipment by cleaning nozzles, and making sure no hoses are kinked, machines will work more efficiently and save you money.
Another option to reduce your demand on potable water is by connecting to a recycled water pipeline. Recycled water is becoming an excellent option for many industrial sites because it is cheaper than potable water, and works just as well. Additionally, recycled water is more environmentally friendly because it uses less energy to recycle water than re-treat it once the water cycles through natural hydrological cycles.
Please visit http://www.waterwise-consulting.com to for more information on water conservation.
Brian O’Neill
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Site Needed for a Permitted Greywater System in San Francisco

Site Needed for a Permitted Greywater System in San Francisco.

If you live in San Francisco, this could be your chance to make history.  Help to usher in the age of greywater reuse by participating in this demonstration project.  Send your laundry water to the garden to keep plants lush with less use of clean drinking water.  Act now!

Happy Smart Irrigation Month!

July, the month of highest water demand, is now Smart Irrigation month. This will hopefully reduce the peak water demand, lower water bills, protect water supplies, and minimize needed investments in infrastructure. According to the Irrigation Association, there are many ways that average consumers can reduce their demand for water.
One of the most water-intensive practices and wasteful use is irrigation, since many plants have extraordinary water needs. By creating efficient irrigation systems, you will minimize the risk of over-watering your plants, use every drop of water you pay for, as well as make yard maintenance easier and more convenient.
Some methods you can use to create an efficient irrigation system are:
Be smart when planting in your garden. By creating the healthiest possible micro-ecosystem in your yard, you will have healthy plants with very little maintenance. Start by selecting plants that do not need lots of water-visit a native nursery for the best selection. Then, make sure you have healthy soil with plenty of drainage and organic matter. You can improve drainage in clay soils by mixing in sand or perilite. Add compost to your soil to increase the organic matter, and add beneficial minerals to your soil.
Install an irrigation system that will be able to suit your needs. Instead of watering all of your plants by hand, install a weather-based irrigation controller that will take all of the guess work out of watering. These irrigation controllers automatically tailor the irrigation schedule to match your plant’s needs on a daily basis.
Service your irrigation system on a periodic basis. By periodically checking your irrigation system, you will find any major problems such as broken pipes or leaking sprinkler heads. Also, sprinkler often get bumped out of alignment and waste water. Misaligned sprinkler heads can also often cause liability because they sometimes wet sidewalks or other surfaces and make them slippery.
Work with an irrigation professional. By working with a professional, you will be able to create an irrigation system that meets all of your needs. They will be able to help you design an irrigation system to deliver just the right amount of water in just the right places.
For more information, visit http://www.irrigation.org/Resources/Smart_Irrigation_Month/Consumer_Resources.aspx
Brian O’Neill
boneill@waterwise-consulting.com