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SEAWATER - Part of the solution ?
Posted 02 February 2012 - 10:48 AM
That's a very interesting point, Harold.
Apart from the carbon emissions from the power used, desalination rejects the brine back to the sea. With "closed" sea areas like the Med, the Gulf and the Red Sea, this slowly increases the natural salinity concentrations in the sea water, making future desalination operations more and more technically and financially expensive.
Parts of the Northern Arabian Gulf are reaching very high salinity levels due to the massive increase in extraction of "fresh" water and the drying up ( up stream farmland irrigation) of the fresh water, dilution, inputs from the Tigress and Euphrates rivers.
This coupled with some of the Gulf countries having the highest water consumption per capita puts a question mark over the long term growth plans of these countries.
Posted 02 February 2012 - 12:16 PM
Conservation / Propelair WC
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By using a unique application of Boyles Law, atmospheric air is displaced into the bowl to create the flush instead of precious water. This reduces the flushing volume to just 1.5 litres – an 84% saving compared with an average WC - and the poor performance associated with other reduced flushing volume WCs is avoided. Dual-flushing is not used.
Posted 02 February 2012 - 01:56 PM
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Eventually not a drop of groundwater to drink?
Timely article form the Japan Times
Posted 04 February 2012 - 04:42 PM
My partner and I checked out some more village houses this weekend.
Here's an example from my own life:
My partner and I have decided to move away from the edge of the sea, and to a higher elevation. We also want to have access to "mountain water", just in case it becomes difficult to get water through HK's main water system.
We have discovered there are two main choices:
1) We can live in a Village house on the side of one of HK's mountains, where most of the water comes from mountain streams and we can grow some of our own food in a small garden nearby. But transport will be a problem, and most of the neighbors in the village will not speak English, only Cantonese.
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Posted 05 February 2012 - 09:34 AM
Good tips. Thanks for that.
Bubb, the choice you are trying to make is one that has faced many in the past. My view is, in times of crises, the city/urban areas ( the wealthy parts) will probably get the best in supplies of water, power & transport. The urban sprawl will be cut off and be in real trouble. The rural areas are, largely, already cut off even in good times. So, they will survive as, the population density is low.
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I think the trick is to be in a rural community that is within striking distance of a railway station. And with enough of a garden to grow the bulk of your own fruit and veg. Add in a few chickens for eggs and a bit of rabbit/pigeon/pheasant from the fields and life can be pretty good. In fact, it is quite possible and very healthy to operate your life like this in the good times.
I will add one rider to all of this: for this to work, you really need to be debt free and own your own house.
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 05:47 AM
Perhaps Japanese women are more "delicate" than Chinese women?
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