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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 (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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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.


More About the Author

Art Ludwig is an ecological systems designer with 28 years full-time experience in water, wastewater systems, energy, shelter and human powered transport. His specialty is complex, integrated "systems of systems." Art has studied and worked in 22 different countries, consulted for the states of New York and New Mexico on water reuse policy, and given dozens of lectures and workshops.

He designed his own education in Ecological Systems Design, graduating from UC Berkeley. At Berkeley, he developed the first cleaners specifically designed to be biocompatible with plants and soil, and founded a successful business to manufacture and distribute them.

Art currently lives with his family near Santa Barbara, surrounded by over 20 different kinds of fruit trees.

Customer Reviews

Very well written and informative.
PB
If you are planning on adding a greywater system I highly recommend this book.
Joel Schopp
Anyone wanting to reuse greywater needs to buy this book.
Nate Downey

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

92 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Nate Downey on February 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
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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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Who on January 14, 2008
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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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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Tad Montgomery on November 9, 2006
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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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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 23, 2010
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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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A. Plauche on March 2, 2010
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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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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Greg Hilfman on May 12, 2007
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Plenty of good info and real world applications. Saved me from making a couple critical errors.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mia on October 24, 2007
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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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Justin Rohner on June 7, 2011
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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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