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Alternatives to the Clean Water Dilemma Because of our increasing populations around the world more and more of our clean drinking water is being used and contaminated The world needs to take action immediately Implementing one plan will not save our drinking water but instead several different things need to come in to effect to preserve the worlds clean drinking water One alternative we have is to make people implement a wastewater garden in their homes and businesses A wastewater garden is a garden made up of specially chosen plants and soils that can dispose of our harmful wastes in a totally non-harmful way The way it works is all of the greywater from washing machines showers tubs and sinks will drain into a holding tank where the small amounts of oils are separated out Blackwater from toilet waste can also go into the tank given proper treatment first The wastewater is then pumped into the garden where the plants will essentially eat drink and breathe away the contaminants found in the wastewater Certain kinds of plants purify the contaminants into useful energy while clean water evaporates All that is leftover from the wastewater is plant biomass evaporated water carbon dioxide and heat When the plants are harvested they can be composted used or even sold for profit Plants such as bamboo and holly work very well in a wastewater garden The evaporated water and heat can be recaptured to offer a clean source of pure distilled water and for heating air or water One option for creating a wastewater garden is to use a greenhouse which will cause higher temperatures and can help heat your house Waste 1-3 This alternative would probably be a pretty expensive and labor intensive project to set up but once it is set up there is not much upkeep except to maintain the plants in the garden Another alternative to this would be to have local communities set
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