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Dual-Flush Toilets by cslota
September 18, 2008, 12:09 am
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In an attempt to conserve and salvage the most water possible, here is another solution. This toilet from Caroma USA is a high-efficiency dual-flush toilet. It has two buttons, one that flushes 1.6 gpf, the other 0.8 gpf. According to Dwell.com, the toilet costs about $500.

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Water-saving, Low CO2 emitting showerhead by ahodgson
September 17, 2008, 5:34 pm
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There was a small article about this product on page 16 of Architectural Products magazine…its a nifty piece of tech following the water-based theme.  The Satinjet Tahi Shower System only consumes 2.3 gallons per minute (less than half of a regular shower) and saves 350 lbs of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere.  It also comes with a thermostat and shelving and is integrated into the wall.

http://showers.satinjet.com/satinjet/usa/products/features/features_home.cfm?watersaving=0



Water may not be as pentiful as Illinoisans think by ahodgson
September 3, 2008, 7:18 pm
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This article was a story done by Illinois Issues based off a study done by University of Illinois at Springfield, dealing with water usage, wetlands, and how much water we divert from the Great Lakes.

http://illinoisissues.uis.edu/archives/2008/07/h2o.html



NSF Certified Products by ahodgson
September 3, 2008, 7:15 pm
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If you are building your rainwater harvesting system from scratch and you want to be able to drink the water, NSF has drinking water system components that are certified for the public water supply…these are updated everyday.

http://www.nsf.org/certified/pwscomponents/Listings.asp?TradeName=&StandardExt=&MaterialType=&ProductType=&PlantState=IL&PlantCountry=UNITED+STATES

Catchment systems…

http://www.nsf.org/Certified/Protocols/Listings.asp?TradeName=&Standard=P151



Concrete Pontoons by ahodgson
September 3, 2008, 7:13 pm
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If you checked out Water House from the GRC, you could see that there are various ways to keep your water house afloat.  The seemingly cheapest way is to build your home on a concrete pontoon, instead of drilling foundations underwater.  Solent Marine is a manufacturer that does modular systems, but has also done specialist work for homes.  Apparently they have just developed a pontoon system that glows in the dark, so you never lose you footing.  Aquabase Construction, a UK-based design and manufacturing company, has done a lot of work for floating homes, using concrete pontoons and floating ferro-cement structures.  One of their larger structures is a five-bedroom home on the River Thames.

http://www.solentmarine.com/

http://www.aqua-base.co.uk/