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Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands (Vol. 1): Guiding Principles to Welcome Rain into Your Life And Landscape Paperback – January 1, 2006
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My own experience with catching rainwater is quite different. I was living out in the swamps in Louisiana. We had plenty of water. In any direction you cared to go there was water. Average rainfall was about 65 inches per year. In fact when we went to town we went by boat.
So why rainwater? Pollution. The water that comes to Louisiana has come down through a thousand miles or more of agricultural runoff, sewage treatment plants that may not have been working so well, feedlot runoff, and God knows what else.
We used a system kind of like his drawing on page 71, but there were certainly no cactus plants around. But note carefully item number 4 in his components, what he calls a first-flush system. This is a system to vent the first few gallons of water off the roof away from the storage cistern. If you are going to drink the water it's best to get rid of the bird droppings and other stuff that accumulates on the roof between rains.
He doesn't describe the first flush system but from the drawing it looks like it might be some kind of a commercial device. Ours was a home made affair. A two foot long piece of gutter was hinged so that it stuck up in the air, held there by a spring. When this gutter was up in the air, the water dumped into a bucket.Read more ›
have to live in an area of restricted rainfall to put these tried and true concepts into practice. Matter of fact, the more rain you receive each year, the greater latitude you'll have in making a difference.
If I lived closer to Brad's part of the country, I'd definitely consider myself a groupie. This is the best overall intro to the potentials and benefits of rainwater harvesting I've found. It helps us reconfigure our relationship to the fullness and richness of life lying unseen there in plain sight.
It's a big sweet piece of an urgent puzzle.
Perhaps volumes 2 and 3 are more specific. Volume 1 tells you about the meat, but doesn't give it to you. I suspect the meat (i.e. useful detailed information) is in volumes 2 and 3.
You may prefer Art Ludwig's the New Create an Oasis with Greywater. I found it had the same basic information on rainwater harvesting as Volume 1, but in addition, has detailed information on creating a greywater system.
Mr. Lancaster took what he learned from Mr. Phirri and researched it back home in Arizona to see if these ideas/techniques could be used anywhere else. What he and his brother learned caused even the city of Tuscon, Arizona, to change their ideas and practices in order to save precious water for its citizens. This book explains all of that and more. The one drawback to the book may be that it lists sources only for Tuscon, but it was that area for which it was written. What it shows may be used anywhere, though. It goes much further than just putting out barrels to collect rainwater. You may find yourself wondering why you didn't think of that yourself. Some of it completely contradicts what we have always been told about how our property should be graded, for instance. It may be my most valuable gardening reference, but more importantly it may be the most valuable resource for preserving potable water for the world
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book with alot of good information for beginners! I wish it had more information about building earthwork projects to capture and hold rainwater though. Read morePublished 7 months ago by William Hoff Jr.
this is a must read for everyone in water short areas. It should also be read by city planners, everywhere.Published on March 16, 2014 by walon green
I highly recommend this book. I just bought the 2nd addition with addition section on Solar.
I am a sustainable Realtor and recommend this book to all home owners.
What an incredible book, I have not been able to stop reading it and am so inspired! I also am so happy to the seller for the product condition-excellent!... Read morePublished on June 10, 2012 by N. Warren
This book has great practical info and easy to follow instructions on rainwater harvesting. Can be applied anywhere, in urban or country settings.Published on August 29, 2011 by John M
For Drylands and Beyond
Volume 1 - Guiding Principles
Volume 2 - Water-Harvesting Earthworks
Everything a layman ever wanted to know... Read more
Everything you need to know about rainwater for us confused developed country residents surrounded by concrete. Read morePublished on March 3, 2010 by A. Plauche
Really informative book if you've ever wanted to collect your own water. My husband's complaints are that the author goes into paragraphs and half pages on what is in the next... Read morePublished on January 4, 2010 by Stephanie