The planet Earth is like a porous sponge and water is absorbed as well as springs from the ground. Many people are oblivious to the fact that what is thrown on the floor or thrown in the water will find its way to the groundwater. Groundwater reaches rivers and the sea and all pollutants that come with it mixes in the water that will be used for human consumption and also used in irrigation, bringing these pollutants direct into the food chain. As the water passes through the ground, pollutants are also left mixed with the soil.
Water is also used as solvent to several types of chemicals and is largely needed in many types of industry. Eco Building takes in account how important it is to preserve the Planet’s water that has become scarce in certain places and is a major concern to human survivor. Sanitation plays a big whole in keeping the water safe for drinking and its agricultural applications. Chemicals in building materials as paint, solvents, concrete, insulation, roofing, etc., can easily mix with the water it’s washed or the soil it touches. The building industry has focused in fast supplying large quantities of material, without much concern to nature. Regulations are in place but money has talked loudly and corruption has seen projects approved allowing the industry to throw away their bosh with little or none supervision. Eco building construction means to be aware where the water comes from and where the water goes after being used, and focus on sustainability and low impact to the environment.
Rain water can be collected and used to flush toilets, water plants and cleaning. The materials used in construction can be substituted for eco friendly material. Earth’s natural heat can be used in heating exchange systems that utilises water.