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Harvesting H2o: A prepper's guide to the collection, treatment, and storage of drinking water while living off the grid. [Kindle Edition]

Nicholas Hyde
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Book Description

How to find, purify, filter, and store clean drinking water is of primary importance to preppers and off-grid homesteaders. Water is the element that sustains all life, but most of the earth’s surface water is unsafe for human consumption. Nicholas Hyde’s latest work may well become the most important reference book in your survival kit.

Learn how to drill your own well using hand tools, how to properly harvest rainwater, how to find water in the wild, and what to do with your infinitely renewable water supply once you have established it. Topics covered include:

• The Dangers of Drinking Wild Water

• Purifying Water at Home

• Building Your Own Water Filter

• Home Distillation

• Land-Based Marine Water Makers

• Drilling Your Own Well

• Collecting Rainwater

• Other Sources of Water in the Wild

• Practical Water Storage Solutions

• Other Interesting Water Gadgets

The information in this 16,900 word e-book is timeless, professionally edited, and specially formatted for all Kindle devices. Download Harvesting H2o today and take the single most important step towards sustainable living.

Product Details

  • File Size: 191 KB
  • Print Length: 109 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: (December 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AMX1A7M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,736 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Broad overview July 24, 2013
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I agree with this review:

This is a decent overview of water husbandry. Everything you need to know is not here. If you want a place to start, this is a good overview. Several different methods of obtaining clean water are described and give you a good foundation for further research.

It gave me some new ideas on water drilling methods and water purification/collection. This is not a book to start using after the power grid gets shut down for who knows how long. Once you get your own place(hopefully it already has some sort of water source) I would build a wide shallow well for bucket collection if need be and maybe even use the one method of driving the pipe in the ground with a sledge hammer for another back up. If you have a deep water well or are having one installed, look up the well pump that is used all across Africa. It hooks up to just about any power source and doesn't burn out. Once you get it then hook it up to solar. Rainwater collection is a no brainer. Buy some of those big 12-1500 gallon tanks from TS or Atwoods. With all these methods, you will be prepared. Start with the cheapest most practical method for your situation...deep water wells are thousands and so is that pump.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Nicholas Hyde's Harvesting H20: A Prepper's Guide to the Collection, Treatment, and Storage of Drinking Water While Living Off the Grid is informative and thorough. It is fluid, articulate and thus easy to follow along. It does a good job in explaining the depleting water resource and the need for creativity in making due with the current resource.

Quite frankly, I didn't know that we could filter ocean water so as to make it potable. I especially appreciate the information regarding the portable marine water maker. I am fascinated by the fact that only 10% of filtered ocean water is drinkable. While I don't know very much about ocean water purification theories, I find it hard to believe that portable marine water makers could possibly lead to the decay of the ocean's ecosystem. Read it for yourself! It's a great read especially if you are inclined in the physical sciences.

For those of us who are more inclined in the Humanities, it gets a little tricky at time to navigate the book but it's well worth it nonetheless!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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As many Loldogs and cats say, DO NOT WANT.

Honestly, you're far better off going to some of the prepper/homesteader sites and reading and following the links -- not to mention that the community will generally answer any questions you might have about your specific situation.

Upfront -- In fairness, I haven't read all of the book. After looking at the table of contents and reading a few pages from the chapters for which I bought the book, I knew this was not at all the publication I was looking for and was destined for the compost pile. What happened here is the "danger" of buying unknown books sight unseen; had I looked at it and leafed through it, I'd never have bought it.This is the very first time Amazon reviewers have let me down, and I've been shopping here since the mid-90s.

This is NOT a preppers guide in any sense of the term. The book is simplistic, over-generalized, and something I could have written (I am published by several major publishing houses in both fiction and non-fiction) without having to do a lick of research, just based on my own very limited knowledge of harvesting and storing systems -- though I'd never produce something this, well, awful.

I bought this because it was advertised as being able to take my prepper knowledge of water harvesting and storage to the next level. Forget the next level completely. Parts of it might serve as an introduction to the topic for ten-year olds.

Examples? (Again, limited because of not reading the entire waste of time it'd be for me.) He wants you to stockpile faucet water purification units to filter your water., that really doesn't work in a WTSHTF situation.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Off The Grid Survival Methods! December 13, 2012
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I really, really enjoyed this book. I often think that years ago no one ran around with all this bottled water. People drank from a water fountain when they were thirsty.

I really liked all the different options discussed on various sources of water and how to contain/store the water and also on how to purify it for drinking or if you only need the water for irrigation.

The book explains basically how to survive off the grid with regard to water. Where to get water, how to filter it for drinking, methods to get water and where/how to store the water. The book covers practically everything so that if you were in a situation where you needed to survive and purify your own water, you could with natural elements.

Truly a great read especially if you are like me - reduce, reuse and recycle!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars needs pictures January 4, 2014
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Good info. It would be a lot better with pictures. As it is, no pictures or diagrams. Otherwise, it's a good book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This was a very informative book. As I currently live in the countryside and potable water is difficult at times to come by, this was a great book to buy and keep as a reference tool. Most of the info. was not new to me, but the ideas to D.I.Y. were. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to have an abundant source of quality water for their home.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good primer
OK, I guess I already know a lot on the subject, I expected more, but may have been expecting too much. Good primer if you are new to water harvesting.
Published 3 days ago by Bruce W. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Product and service would recommend to anyone. Thank U
Published 22 days ago by Mark
3.0 out of 5 stars good for general knowledge, but lacks details for practical...
This book gives a brief description of the different types of water collection and purification techniques. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Mike Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good information you need to know.
Published 1 month ago by shadow
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by Donald R. Sodowsky
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I hate to be this picky, but please, PLEASE stop using condensate as a verb.
Published 1 month ago by Craig Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for the TONS of information given
A very good guide for the beginner. More than enough good information that I felt comfortable treating and storing water. Definitely a good buy!
Published 1 month ago by J. Gifford
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange Giant advantage with this book!
I bought this book not for it's intended purpose but really for two purposes. Primarily because it's mention of acitvated charcoal. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chuck
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Great if you want to drill a well to 25 feet
Published 2 months ago by Thomas E. Stanley
3.0 out of 5 stars General overview of harvesting water
I have a masters degree in environmental engineering, so I know something about harvesting and treating water. The book is rather simple, but it's OK. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Slick
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Nicholas Hyde is a scholar, researcher, and enthusiastic hobbyist. He writes how-to articles and eBooks on a wide range of topics that interest him, from home brewing to survival techniques (actually he considers home brewing to be a survival technique). His style is one that presents a practical education on the topic at hand, which enables the reader to approach their project with both the knowledge necessary to succeed, and the enthusiasm to enjoy it. Hyde lives in Southern California with his wife and writes when he is not kayak fly-fishing.

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