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Show simple item record Van Wyk, Llewellyn V 2012-04-24T08:55:22Z 2012-04-24T08:55:22Z 2010-08
dc.identifier.citation Van Wyk, L. Water. The Mauritius Eco Building Handbook: The Essential Guide, Alive2Green, Volume 1. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-620-45659-3
dc.description Copyright: 2010 Alive2green. en_US
dc.description.abstract Water scarcity is without a doubt on of the greatest threats to the human species and has all the potential to destabilise world peace. Falling water tables are a new phenomenon. Up until the development of steam and electric motors, deep groudwater could not be exploited. Now, hoever, deep drilling and powerul pumps are able to probe many kilometres down into the earth for aquifers. Unfortunately, once dry, they remain dry, as seasonal rain does not penetrate deeply egough to replenish them. Water tables have been falling in many countries, most nobaly in China, India and the USA, which together produce nearly half the world's grain. Already many countries have pumped much of their underground aquifers dry. Clean water is becoming increasingly scarce: green buildings aim therefore to develop systems that minimise consumption and pollution of this resource. Careful design is used to develop rainwater harvesting, plumbing and ecological sanitation systems that enable buildings to be self reliant for their water needs and avoid polluting water. This reduces the requirements for large-scale water and sanitation infrastructure that consumes energy and can be highly wasteful. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Alive2green Publishers en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Workflow;5843
dc.subject Water scarcity en_US
dc.subject Falling water tables en_US
dc.subject Groundwater en_US
dc.subject Underground aquifers en_US
dc.subject Rainwater harvesting en_US
dc.subject Green buildings en_US
dc.subject Water pollution en_US
dc.title Water en_US
dc.type Book chapter en_US

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