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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (January 10, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882663240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882663241
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

If you live in the country or suburbs, you've had, are having, or will have water problems.

What's yours? Not enough water? Tastes terrible? The pump quits? The water's contaminated? No matter what it is, Stu Campbell addresses it in this book, offering down-to-earth solutions in clear, understandable language. He provides concrete and money-saving answers to questions that range from how to locate water to how to dig a pond to how to hook up the plumbing in your house.

You'll learn how to find water, how to move it, how to purify it, and how to store and distribute it in your home.

About the Author

The late Stu Campbell lived and gardened in Stowe, Vermont. He was the author of Let It Rot!, a guide to home composting with over 340,000 copies in print; Mulch It!; and The Home Water Supply.

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Clinton J. Fisher on January 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book covers nearly every situation one may encounter in water procurement, perhaps the only subject not covered is hauling water to a completely dry site.
The focus of this book is necessarily on shallow wells, as deep wells require professional drilling, never the less the author covers well pumps, casing, storage devices and filtration systems with enough technical detail to meet most needs. Deep wells and methods are covered, just not in detail.
If you need to know how to identify and correct contamination you'll find it here. Need to compute water needs? Pump and storage specifications? Those are also here. In fact, you'll be pleased with the technical details and comparisons in an easy to read style.
I must have missed the new age stuff or at least forgot it as I read the whole book.
If you want to find water in a rural area, and develop it yourself, this is the book. I would not recommend "Cottage Water Systems" if you want detail on well systems.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 10, 1998
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Covers everything from finding water to getting it to treating it and controlling it. Describes ponds, catchments (roofs and paved areas), wells of several different kinds, springs, and running water.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 1998
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I bought this book based on the review from the NC reader. This is a great book on the topic. Easy read, good examples, great information. If you are looking to get into well work or building a lateral system, get this book.
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43 of 58 people found the following review helpful By "bduggan4" on August 1, 2002
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This book doesn't contain the data needed for developing even a simple design for a home water system. For example, there is no data to calculate friction loss from water moving through pipes. The book notes that friction loss is easy to calculate using a table. The book includes a table that lists friction loss for valves and fittings in equivalent length of pipe. But, I can't find a table on friction loss per length of pipe. A third of the book and most of the bibliography is devoted to the author's opinions on water politics, he is no Marc Reisner.
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45 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 1999
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A new age approach to the subject of water. Campbell's need to share his philosophy kept me from wanting to read the entire book. What it has to do with water is anybody's guess. But if you're into new age, and don't mind reading spiritualistic trash, this might be your book. Technically correct, the book attempts to be everybody's introduction to anything you ever wanted to know about water. That broad stroke is it's best and at the same time, worst feature.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Mesick on April 27, 2012
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I bought this book to help with redesigning a water supply at a remote cabin (beyond the reach of any municipal water system). It gives an introduction to the principles that apply to situations like this, as well as a range of specific solutions. And for the solutions, the author doesn't just say, "Do it this way." He says, "Do it this way so that you avoid such and such." There are also sketches that show what the result will look like, what the water is doing beneath the ground, etc. etc.

I have no background in doing this kind of work. But the author gives me confidence so that, when I look at the system I have, I understand it, and even more importantly, I understand its flaws and what to do about them. It's hard to imagine more in a slender volume like this.
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