Thursday, 25 June 2015
The use of water tanks in Perth to collect rainwater may help cut your water bills, serve as an alternative source of clean water in times of drought, and help save the environment. Depending on tank size and climate, rainwater harvesting can replace mains water use by as much as 100 percent. This, in turn, can help reduce water infrastructure operation costs, protect remaining environmental flows in rivers, and make existing dams and desalination plants more efficient. Rainwater collected from a well-built and well-maintained water tank system can be suitable for many domestic uses, including drinking. Bear in mind, however, that tank systems need to have additional features like first flush devices and UV filters to provide potable water. You can also follow the tips below if you intend to use rainwater for drinking to minimise the health risks for you and your family.
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Australia is said to be the driest inhabited continent on earth. Water is a scarce resource, how well this resource is managed is a concern for all Australians. In the continent’s urban areas, up to 90 percent of rainfall can flow into the stormwater system. It’s no surprise that people are looking for a way to collect all that rainwater and find a better use for it, instead of simply letting it drain out to rivers and the ocean. The rainwater can be saved and managed through the use of high-quality water tanks in WA, such as those manufactured by Rainfill Tanks and Curved Roofing Supplies. If you’re thinking of having a rainwater tank installed, remember you will need to regularly carry out certain maintenance tasks to keep the tank in pristine condition.
Sunday, 21 June 2015
Rainwater is a valuable resource that can play an essential part in sustainable development. By collecting and using the rain that falls on your roof instead of letting it simply flow into the storm water drain, you take an important step towards increasing your water efficiency and conserving this all-too precious resource. Learn more about the benefits of installing rainwater tanks from Perth manufacturers like Rainfill Tanks, and start thinking long-term money and water savings.
Friday, 19 June 2015
By 1 June, the Water Corporation will have enforced a Winter Sprinkler Ban (WSB) in Perth, Mandurah, and select areas of Western Australia. This yearly prohibition on the use of irrigation systems is in line with the state’s water conservation efforts every winter, during which time the seasonal rainfall is enough to keep every lawn irrigated. Under the ban, households and businesses are prohibited from turning on their sprinklers for more than two days (for scheme water users) or three days (for bore water users) per week. Watering days are determined by the last digit of the household or business’s street or lot number. Here are the possible scenarios when your street or lot number ends in 1:
Wednesday, 17 June 2015
The human body needs to stay hydrated since around 60 to 70 per cent of it is composed of water. Add to that the fact that temperatures in Perth can go well over 40 degrees centigrade, and you can easily understand why you need to constantly replenish water lost due to sweat and other normal bodily functions. Whilst you certainly need to drink water throughout the day, scientists say you do not necessarily have to meet the widely touted daily requirement of eight glasses. Although nutritionists don’t have a one-size-fits-all figure for fluid intake at this point, the eight-glasses-a-day myth has since been debunked.
Monday, 15 June 2015
Gardening is a fast-growing trend amongst primary schools all over Western Australia. As early as 2013, The Sunday Times reported, 40 per cent of the schools within the state have incorporated gardening into their curricula. Professor Amanda Devine from Edith Cowan University reports that tending to garden beds in Perth broadens children’s horizons, makes them less fussy, and teaches them lifelong skills as well. This uptick in interest in gardening was driven by a multitude of factors, most notably obesity. A 2014 report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare stated that 25 per cent of children under 10 in Western Australia are overweight or obese. Experts warn that without prompt intervention, their unhealthy lifestyle will most likely follow them into adulthood.
Saturday, 13 June 2015
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Thursday, 11 June 2015
Generally, gardening practices need to be adjusted based on the season, especially if you’re caring for edible plants. What fruits and vegetables to plant, what to remove, and how to tend to the garden—these decisions can all vary depending on the wetness or the dryness of the weather, and the temperature range that dominates the season. Aside from ensuring that your plants are safe and healthy for the next few months, you also have to prepare for the following season. Since autumn is in full swing, you should have started modifying how you take care of your plants. If you have a vegetable patch, the summer vegies in your garden beds should have been replaced by now with cool-season plants like broccoli, spinach, and onions. If you have citrus trees, make sure you give them a light pruning. As always, the soil should be fertilised and hoed regularly for the plants to get the nourishment they need.
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
Did you know that Perth has held 80% less water in its dams since the mid-1970s? This is one of the many staggering facts uncovered by the Climate Council in a recent report on climate change. The future of the city and other areas around it look pretty bleak as the council predicts that the water supply will be 85 billion litres (or the contents of about 34,000 Olympic-size swimming pools) short of the general demand. As for the rest of Western Australia, global warming is expected to affect the urban water supply and agricultural sector. The council anticipates that the region will most likely experience drought in the coming years. On top of that, worse drought conditions are foreseen over the next eight decades as the autumn and winter rainfall in the region lessens by 50% of its present volume.
Sunday, 7 June 2015
Water is life; no one can live without it. As an irreplaceable aspect of living, water is sourced from various locales—rivers, ponds, deep wells, and many others. Like most places, residents in Western Australia (WA) get their water from community water systems. The downside of belonging to such a system is that the cost of water is steadily increasing, due in no small part to frequent cyclones and floods. Such conditions also mean that at times, clean water can be hard to come by. Perth, WA residents can learn from the efforts of a South Asian country faced with a similar situation: Bangladesh. Due to the effects of climate change, the country’s cyclone situation is expected to get even worse. With over half of the population living in poverty, an average cyclone can cause storm surges and floods that not only destroy homes, but also devastate sources of income and food, making it difficult for families to recover.
Friday, 5 June 2015
Recipe books that extol the virtues of smoothies and fresh fruit juices dot the shelves of health and wellness sections at pretty much every bookshop. An article on news.com.au points out that a growing number of Australian households have taken to making smoothies every day as a way to live longer, healthier lives. One need only invest in a proper blender and source the freshest produce to whip up a filling and nutritious smoothie loaded with vitamins and antioxidants.
Thursday, 4 June 2015
You come out of the house, only to see the garden riddled with more holes than a shelled battlefield. In the middle of it all, you find the lone perpetrator: your panting four-legged mate. Dogs, particularly breeds like dachshunds, beagles, and bloodhounds, are said to dig soil mainly as a way to kill time. Some dogs dig in the dirt to stay cool under the sun (a behaviour commonly observed amongst thick-furred breeds like chow chows and huskies) or to chase underground prey (as observed among dachshunds and terriers).