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Create an Oasis with Greywater: Choosing, Building, and Using Greywater Systems, Includes Branched Drains Paperback – September 1, 2006

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"Greywater for dummies and greywater encyclopedia in one information goldmine." -- Dan Chiras, author, The New Ecological Home; The Solar House

"Ludwig is a water visionary... The most practical and complete presentation of the subject I have seen." -- Michael MacCaskey, Editor-in-Chief, National Gardening

From the Publisher

Greywater is laundry, shower, sink, and dishwater. It may be reused for other purposes, especially landscape irrigation.

Create an Oasis with Greywater thoroughly covers all greywater basics. It will benefit everyone who is using or contemplating the use of greywater. This 5th edition of the world's best-selling greywater book includes 50 pages of new text, photos, and figures, as well as the entire text of our (former) Branched Drain Greywater Systems book.

Create an Oasis shows you how to:

* Save freshwater by irrigating with household washwater

* Relieve strain on your septic tank

* Purify wastewater better without energy or chemicals.

Other topics include:

* Why to use or not use grey water

* Health guidelines

* Grey water sources

* Irrigation requirements

* Twenty system examples and selection chart

* Biocompatible cleaners

* Grey water plumbing principles and components

* Maintenance and troubleshooting

* Freezing

* Rain

* Preserving soil quality

* Storing rainwater

* Compendium of common grey water errors and preferred practices

* Suppliers

* References.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Oasis Design; 5 Rev Exp edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964343398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964343399
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Art Ludwig's mission is to develop systems and share information for a higher quality of life with lower ecological impact.

Optimal, integrated design has been his day job since 1980. His specialty is complex, deep green integrated "systems of systems" for water, waste water, energy, shelter, transportation, etc.
He takes a serious, engineer's eye to developing simple, mostly DIY solutions that really work long term, which he publishes unpatented into the public domain.

At UC Berkeley, he developed the first laundry detergent biocompatible with plants and soil, and founded a successful manufacturing business to distribute it.
His top selling books Create an Oasis with Greywater, Water Storage, and his Laundry to Landscape DVD contain numerous original innovations, including the Branched Drain and Laundry to Landscape greywater systems.
His 500 page website, oasisdesign.net is top ranked for a wide range of topics.

Art has worked professionally on building codes in three states. He is in regular consultation with health, zoning and elected officials about sustainability policy.
His quantitative analysis of the health risks of greywater smoothed the way for more rational regulation of greywater in California, where he played a major role in the crafting of the new standards.
He dedicates approximately a thousand hours a year to public interest research and activism.
He lives with his family in a canyon above Santa Barbara in a deep green house surrounded by fruit trees.

Customer Reviews

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Luwig provides page after page of valuable information. Anyone wanting to reuse greywater needs to buy this book. Ludwig's branched drain systems is simple, affordable, and highly effective at using greywater in the landscape, but you can make many mistakes if you don't heed the master's advice. I have installed several systems based on Ludwig's work, and I shutter to think what would have happened if I had not read his books! In addition, his writing style makes for an enjoyable reading experience even though some of the material is, by necessity, technical.
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I found this book more for someone looking to convert their existing house and plumbing to run on a grewater system, as opposed to for someone looking to build a house around/incorporating a greywater system (which is my situation).
Still, an extremely specific and informative book for those who are interested in knowing every nuance of making a greywater system out of any situation.
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Walk, no - run to your nearest locally-owned bookstore and order this little puppy. Art & co. are North America's foremost experts on greywater use, and they've been writing this book for 15 years. There are lots of hard-earned lessons embedded in these pages. The one thing I wish there were more of is practical advice for dealing with codes & officials in heavily regulated (e.g. suburban) environments.
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With the help of this book I was able to personally install a 350 gallon per week groundwater system for just under $500 complete with multiple diverters to two growing beds and a surge tank. The authors really have certainly done their homework on the topic and really helped me also understand what kind of soaps and detergents actually HELP my plants and which ones I should absolutely avoid with my new system.
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This is THE book, no matter if you don't know what greywater is or if you are a DIYer hacking into your plumbing. Lots of pictures, diagrams, and design rubrics. Also this is a no-nonsense approach, Art is not trying to sell you anything, if your house, habits, or climate is not appropriate the answer is easy: don't bother, it's not worth it. For the rest of us trying to reduce our impact (even renters with willpower) this is the guide to this piece of the puzzle.
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I've read two of Art's books, Water Storage and The New Create an Oasis With greywater. They were both fantastically educational and surprisingly easy to understand even for a woman like me who's never touched a tool.
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I decided I wanted to re-use the gray water at home. I builted a new house and make a system to recolect, store, pump and then reuse my greywater in the toilets.

It was terrible. The water stinked and I didn't know what to do. I found Art website and found in his "more common errors with greywater" section that one shouldn't store or pump the greywater.

I bought the book and found the right way to do it. Now my bathrooms are odor free and I'm using the grey water wisely.

A must if you want to learn about this subject.
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Plenty of good info and real world applications. Saved me from making a couple critical errors.
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