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Synthesis Of A Theoretical Framework For Understanding Factors That Catalyse And Influence Household Adoption Of Rainwater Harvesting

This paper examines the experiences of South EastQueensland (SEQ) households concerning rainwater harvesting (RH). Although the adoption of household RH is currently booming after extended stagnation at around 8% in SEQ, what actually motivates this adoption is not well understood. This paper reports on the pilot study for my doctoral thesis, which has the three aims of (a) characterising household RH adoptions in the SEQ community, (b) evaluating an original synthesis of Ecological Modernisation’s systemic perspective and Diffusion of Innovation’s actor-centred perspective as a framework to understand household RH adoption to (c) determine a valid, reliable and robust way of describing or predicting the household adoption of RH technologies.

 

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Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting For Tackling Fluoride Contaminated Ground Water

According to the Medium term fiscal plan document of the Rural Development and Panchayati Raj department of the Govt. of Karnataka nearly 5839 rural habitations in Karnataka have fluoride in excess of permissible limits in their groundwater, the only source of drinking water. Various strategies are being worked out for fluoride mitigation including identifying surface sources and drawing water from them, providing de-fluoridation units at habitation levels as well as household level, de-silting tanks and recharging ground water to dilute fluoride levels in the aquifer.

 

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The Effectiveness Of Local Stormwater Treatment Devices – A South East Queensland Case Study

The impact of urbanisation on stormwater runoff has included increased amounts of pollutants entering the waterways, which causes problems ranging from being aesthetically unpleasing to causing immeasurable damage, such as destroying the sea grass beds in South East Queensland’s Moreton Bay. This paper summaries the outcomes of a recent research project that investigated the effectiveness of installing local catchment stormwater quality treatment devices on the regional ‘whole of catchment’ water quality. This effectiveness was examined specifically for South-East Queensland conditions by using water quality data and modelling for the Carrara Catchment on the Gold Coast.

 

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4 Way Partnership Holds The Key To Overcoming Socio-Economic Impediments To Urban Rainwater Harvesting

NCT of Delhi covers an area of 1483 sq. km. and has a population of approx 150 lakhs with decennial population growth rate of approx. 46.31%. This huge and heavily concentrated population has put the water supply under great stress. With a water demand of 950 million gallons a day (mgd) in 2006 and supply of only 800 mgd, the city faces a shortfall of about 45% which is likely to increase to about 57% by the year 2021 if things remain as they are. In this scenario, groundwater becomes critical for the city’s survival. It is estimated that 48% of Delhi’s water requirement is fulfilled by it. This over-exploitation has led to a decline in water level of 4-10 metres in the last decade alone.

 

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A Critical Assessment Of Epidemiological Studies For The Investigation Of The Health Risk Of Drinking Untreated Rainwater

Rainwater has been used for many purposes globally including drinking, however whether untreated rainwater is a risk factor for health problems remains inconclusive. Rainwater tanks generally serve households and in many instances illness may not be reported. There are some published studies which have investigated the role of rainwater in the occurrence of illness.

 

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