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Harvesting H2o: A prepper's guide to the collection, treatment, and storage of drinking water while living off the grid. Paperback – December 21, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481269933
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481269933
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

This was a very informative book.
T. R. Patton
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.
AmazonShopper
I think a great book makes you ask questions you never even knew you should be asking, and this book sure sparked a bunch of new questions for me.
Nicole Hernandez

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By KMD on 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 By Hugo Munoz on December 16, 2012
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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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By AmazonShopper on 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. R. Patton on June 24, 2013
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chinh Nguyen on 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 10 people found the following review helpful By James Jenkins on December 24, 2012
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This is a decent overview of water husbandry. Everything you need to know is not here, but if you want a place to start this good overview. Several different methods of obtaining clean water are described and give you a good foundation for further research.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jarod J. Shaffer on December 18, 2012
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I must say that this ebook has definitely opened my eyes to the way I look at water! This book covers in great detail exactly what its title says, "collection, treatment, and storage of water while living off the grid". The book is an easy read that is easy to understand for even the most inexperienced survivalist or "prepper". I look forward to future reads from this author.
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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. Uh...no, that really doesn't work in a WTSHTF situation.
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