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Busted flush: why the big water corporations have to go

Julian Jones of Water21 | 15-May-2024 | 1

The catastrophic problems of privatised English water companies are well known. Sewerage function and drinking water supply are now more deficient than even before privatisation. Terminal failure was in-built from the start, within the cultural, operational, & regulatory processes applied. Correcting these foundational criteria can help inform the quickest resolution. Read more

Local, community-based measures to prevent drought in arid regions

El Habib Ben Amara of Water21 | 08-Apr-2024 | 1

El Habib Ben Amara, an architect and urban designer from a tribal ksar (fortified oasis) in Algeria, who’s been working with a partner of ours. He’s an activist against desertification and one of the foremost authorities on sustainable water management in the Sahara. Read more

Ancient wisdom to face challenging times

El Habib Ben Amara of Water21 | 02-Feb-2024 | 4

Beautiful article by El Habib Ben Amara on how development is desertifying ancient ksars (fortified oases) in north Africa, and what we can do about it. Read more

Hydrological Democracy

Paul Jennings of Criafolen | 21-Sep-2023 | 0

Water is the ubiquitous precondition for life on Earth. The great hydrological cycle, which passes through us, as much as through any river, cloud, or ocean, encompasses the living soil, plants and animals. The Gaian system is one, unified, watery, cycle. Water is essential to the functioning of our bodies, and to linking all living… Continue reading Hydrological Democracy Read more

How to bring the water industry into community ownership: Julian Jones of Water21, Part 2

Julian Jones of Water21 | 26-Aug-2023 | 0

part 2 of an interview (see video below for more details – well worth it!) with Julian Jones, a water engineer and distinguished fellow of the Schumacher Institute, who has worked and provided consultancy for water companies, NGOs, the Environment Agency, universities and governments. Read more

Taking the water industry off the water companies: Julian Jones of Water21, Part 1

Julian Jones of Water21 | 12-Aug-2023 | 0

Part 1 of an interview with Julian Jones, a water engineer and distinguished fellow of the Schumacher Institute, about building a water commons for Stroud. Read more

Composting toilets and city flats: do they match?

Michelle Smith of Kildwick | 26-Aug-2021 | 6

Composting toilets are a great choice for low-impact living — for remote or off-grid homes, for self-contained homes, for boats, for camper vans. That much is certain. But is the ‘revolootion’ possible if you’re renting out a flat? With no garden, no plot of land to call your own, does a composting toilet make any… Continue reading Composting toilets and city flats: do they match? Read more

In praise of the compost toilet: why I love compost loos

In praise of the compost toilet,’s Sophie Paterson shares her love of compost loos, showcasing their versatility and practicality with a rundown of her favourites through the years. Read more

Our new compost toilets online course is live – and we think you’ll love it!

Dave Darby of | 02-Feb-2020 | 0

We’ve produced an online course on building, using and maintaining a range of different compost toilets. You can purchase the new compost toilets online course here. Read more

The simplest DIY compost toilet

Lesley Anderson of | 27-May-2018 | 31

For several years I lived in a tent in woodland and I never really readjusted to this business of flushing poo away with clean drinking water. Besides, I have always liked to feel I am dealing with my own… stuff, both figuratively and literally. So when we moved into our current house a DIY compost… Continue reading The simplest DIY compost toilet Read more

Why flushing away ‘waste’ water is a bad idea, and what better options exist

Like many things in modern life, the vast majority of our current water and wastewater infrastructure is completely dependent upon fossil energy to keep the toilets flushed and the taps running. Read more

Installing a horizontal-flow reedbed

This week we undertook the building of a ‘proper’ horizontal flow reedbed. Our existing little ones were a hastily built, stopgap measure that we installed when we got here, and it was time to do things correctly. Read more

Can I have a compost loo instead of a chemical toilet in a camper van or a narrowboat?

First of all, why would you want to do that in the first place? Well, it’s because of the toxic nature of the chemicals used in chemical toilets – but we’ll blog about that later. For now, let’s talk about whether there’s an alternative. Read more

Here’s why it’s a good idea to plant more willow (just not close to drains)

Willow is a native UK plant, which grows well in our temperate climate and is very easy to grow from cuttings. There are hundreds of different varieties of willow. Each variety differs in terms of growth rate, colour of stem and leaf shape. Read more

Brighton’s iconic earthship: appeal for upgrade of energy and water systems

Earthships are self-contained living vessels that don’t rely on mains water or energy from big companies. Earthships use natural systems to provide all their own utilities — solar energy for heat and power, and rain for water Read more

An example of Joe Jenkins’ ‘humanure’ composting toilet system, used successfully for 9 years

Dave Darby of | 04-Aug-2014 | 5

Our friend Lee has been using a ‘humanure’ compost toilet system, made famous by Joe Jenkins in his book the Humanure Handbook, for over 9 years. I interviewed him to find out how it’s going. Read more

Revolutionary super-fast composting technique Hi Richard – you run courses and sell products related to a revolutionary new superfast composting technique. What is this idea and where does it come from? Read more

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