A guide to water systems that explores every facet of designing water resources wisely, efficiently, and in concert with nature. -- Richard Freudenberger, Executive Editor, Back Home Magazine
All sorts of alternatives to your standard plastic water tank, accessible by anyone from homeowner to builder to civil engineer. -- Amy Wynn, Builders Booksource
If you run a water system, for a weekend shack or a whole community, you need this book! -- Doug Pratt, Real Goods Technical Editor
On average water systems, this book will pay for itself a hundred times over in errors avoided and maintenance savings. -- Zane Satterfield, P.E., National Drinking Water Clearinghouse
Practical design solutions, comprehensive illustrations, and plenty of photosa thorough treatment of a topic thats vital to our survival. -- Claire Anderson, Home Power Magazine, Mother Earth News
Water Storage describes how to store water for home, farm, and small communities. It will help you design storage for just about any use, including fire safety and emergency, in just about any contexturban, rural, or village.
This book includes:
General principles to help you design, construct, and use any water system
A look at common mistakes and how to avoid them
How the different kinds of storage can serve youtanks, groundwater, and ponds
How to determine the optimum amount of storage for your needs
How to determine the best shape and material for your storage
How to manage aquifers sustainably for inexpensive storage of water in the ground
Plumbing details for inlets, outlets, drains, overflows, access, etc. storage accessories and gadgets such as automatic shut-off valves, remote Level indicators, ozonators, and filters
How to build your own high-quality tank from ferrocement
Original design innovationspublished here for the first timeto improve the quality of stored water, increase water security, make maintenance easier, and reduce environmental impacts
Real-life examples of storage designs for a wide range of contexts
This book offers underlying design principles as well as design specifics. If you run into a situation not specifically covered, there's a good chance you'll be able to use these general principles to figure it out yourself.
Installed water storage typically costs fifty cents to three dollars or more a gallon ($60-200/m3). If you've got this book in your hands, you're probably on the verge of making decisions about hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of storage. On an average water system, this book could pay for itself a hundred times over in savings on construction and maintenance.
Most of the information otherwise available on water storage comes from vendors. Oasis Design doesn't sell water storage hardware, so you don't have to worry about being steered towards stuff you don't need. Rather, we make our living by providing information to help people have a higher quality of life with lower impact.