The Water Column by ech2o
Cath Hassell of ech2o is now a regular columnist for Green Building magazine which has been producing cutting edge and hard hitting articles about sustainable building for over 10 years. We'll be bringing you her latest summaries on her latest articles here!
A smarter way to use rainwater
Cath argues that it is important to decouple stormwater from the sewers, but that installing rainwater harvesting in new dwellings is not the solution.
Spring 2013 - Read Full Article
Natural Swimming Pools – Environmental Nirvana?
Cath critically appraises the environmental advantages of natural swimming pools after being asked to include one in a recent project
Winter 2012 - Read Full Article
Was it an Olympic record for water use?
Cath investigates whether the Olympic Park delivered on its target to reduce water use by 40%
Autumn 2012 - Read Full Article
The wettest drought on record or why we need to be smarter about water...
Cath talks about the "wettest drought on record”.
Summer 2012 - Read Full Article
Sewage treatment – what you should know...
Cath links water poverty, surfers against sewage, and decoupling stormwater from the sewers following a trip to Brighton.
Spring 2012 - Read Full Article
Drinking Our Rivers Dry – did Panorama miss the point?
Cath reviews Panorama’s investigation into over abstraction from the UK’s rivers and argues that simple behaviour change solutions can play a major role in reducing water stress in the UK.
Winter 2011 - Read Full Article
After being charged almost £3 for two small glasses of tap water in the Netherlands Cath investigates the bottled water market and the environmental effects of the industry.
Autumn 2011 - Read Full Article
Cath evaluates the water efficiency requirements in the revised Scottish Building Regulations and welcomes the arrival of a simple and effective way to ensure self-cleansing flow rates in drains
Summer 2011 - Read Full Article
Cath argues that the term 'blackwater treatment' is technically incorrect and politically suspect.
Spring 2011 - Read Full Article
Cath looks at how the way we are paying for water in the UK is changing and what this may mean for consumers.
Winter 2010 - Read Full Article
Cath recommends a trip down the sewers in Paris!
Autumn 2010 - Read Full Article