Create an Oasis with Greywater: Choosing, Building, and Using Greywater Systems, Includes Branched Drains Paperback – September 30, 2006
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"Ludwig is a water visionary... The most practical and complete presentation of the subject I have seen." -- Michael MacCaskey, Editor-in-Chief, National Gardening
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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
* Preserving soil quality
* Storing rainwater
* Compendium of common grey water errors and preferred practices
- Publisher : Oasis Design; Revised, Expanded edition (September 30, 2006)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0964343398
- ISBN-13 : 978-0964343399
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 8.25 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #883,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a great ideas book. It shows you many different styles of greywater systems, including real systems in use. It also gives you enough information to build most of them. It is well written and easy to understand. There are lots of pictures and diagrams. I was particularly impressed with branch drain and with radical plumbing. The one shortcoming is that if you want to build an expensive sprinkler distribution system to water your lawn with greywater the details in this book are inadequate on their own. I get the feeling the author included this type of system reluctantly because he doesn't like the design.
If you are planning on adding a greywater system I highly recommend this book.
We've heard a wearying amount of haranguing about the amount of pollution we're expected to be responsible for, when in fact it is the centralized government mandated processing facilities that turns our perfectly good raw fertilizers into waterway poisons. Grey water is especially appropriate for feeding the soils that feed us, yet it's taken from us, chemically burned and dumped where it does not belong, in the limited fresh water supplies, which we are supposed to feel guilty for. We need to take this valuable resource back. How?
This book "treats" the "disposal" side by showing you how to close the circle on the disposal end by converting it back into a supply.
Just as composting recycles your organic solid wastes back into fertilizer, grey and black water systems do the same for liquid "waste".
Grey water, everything that does not come from the toilet, is a separate, and much safer, easier "waste" water to treat and reuse at home versus the nasty black water that cannot be safely used directly on food crops. This title deals with it brilliantly, not only with technical expertise, but also in style, as it shows many stylistic ways the system can be disguised to look like an oasis garden, and even addresses the thorniest problems independence minded people face today, the meddlesome bureaucratic esthetics, health and zoning codes.
You need this book, not only to reclaim your valuable nutrient laden effluent, but to reclaim some of your freedom with it!
The fertilizer your new system will make is fertilizer you no longer have to buy, nor have to pay to have taken from you.
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