Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Create an Oasis With Greywater: Your Complete Guide to Choosing, Building and Using Greywater Systems [superseded by new edition] Paperback – February, 2000

4.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$22.90 $5.91

Get a FREE Fire tablet with a subscription to Texture
Unlimited access to your favorite digital magazines. Learn more
click to open popover

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Ludwig is a water visionary...The most practical and complete presentation of the subject I have seen." -- Michael MacCaskey, Editor-in-Chief, National Gardening

"The best resource on greywater I have found. A must have for anyone designing or installing a greywater system. This thorough booklet presents almost every design variation on greywater systems, from the simplest to the most complex, and gives the pros, cons and approximate cost of each both in dollars and environmental terms. It also includes adaptations for freezing climates and other important design details." -- David Dobbs, Senior Contributing Editor, Harrowsmith Country Life

"The explanatory drawings are very clear pieces of art...An easy writing style makes this valuable information comfortable to use." -- Pat Hardy, Editor, Professional Association of Innkeepers Newsletter

"You'll be in deep greywater without this book." -- Jeff Oldham, Real Goods Head Technician
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

The latest book club pick from Oprah
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a magnificent novel chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 155 pages
  • Publisher: Oasis Design; 2nd edition (February 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964343304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964343306
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,572,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
The title says it all. I got very little out of the book, certainly not worth the time to read or what I paid.
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A good friend owns a cabing in the mountains, but not enough land and too close to the river for a septic leach field. Her holding tank was costing her dearly to empty. I bought this book, and helped her install a grey water leach field that has worked great and saved her TONS of money each year!!! While she used to pump her 1000 gal holding tank every couple months at a cost of $500-600, she now pumps about once a year! No more pumping shower and sink water with the sewage!!!!
The info on testing soil porosity was a great help!
While the book is not a complete resource, it is close to it, and will definately get you started (I knew zip about grey-water systems when I bought it).
A couple suggestions I would add:
I used inverted, old 5-gallon buckets for "leach pots". They are dirt cheap (free, actually - just ask around and keep your eyes open) compared to purchased plastic pots, and have way more capacity.
To prevent possible smell from returning via the main line, I installed a trap and vented the above pots with much smaller sprinkler hose, which I returned to the house (in the same ditch) before venting to atmosphere.
Overall, I highly recommend this book.
Comment 92 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Excellent, real-world book on how to water a bunch of plants by recycling your own used water. I built this into my own home, and it works wonderfully well. We use only a few gallons of fresh water every month for watering, and we own an acre, much of which is planted in trees and shrubs! This trick works, and the book should be required reading for anyone living in the desert. It is literally all you need to set up a good, working grey water system for no more money than a typical wasteful system costs.
Comment 39 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Not only should you get this book: you should get your neighbors to get a copy too. Actually, I recommend that you also get the 2 companion books to "Create an Oasis": "Branched Drain Greywater Systems" and "Builder's Greywater Guide".
Art Ludwig obviously has both extensive knowledge of and experience with greywater systems. The substance of these volumes far surpasses anything that I've seen available in books or on the Internet. In fact, his presentation of greywater processing has made me reconsider the blackwater treatment system that I'm planning for a new house. I expect to save money that I would have spent on a post-treatment, aerobic unit that would seemingly have been ecologically responsible; but because of the technological overkill, ultimately that system would have defeated my altruistic environmental concerns.
At first, I was surprised at the short length of each of these books: about 50 pages each; but the sheer volume of information in each one puts other sources to shame. Each volume is very well written, being clear, amusing, and concise. I can't imagine improving these books, other than keeping the information updated with future editions.
I do hope that Art Ludwig writes at least one more book on the subject of greywater: one that is a direct argument to present to government regulators. Don't get me wrong; all of the information for addressing the concerns of regulators is contained in these books. I just don't believe that most regulators would take the time to sit down and examine the data and issues that Ludwig raises, so I'd love to see a book dedicated to the professional regulators. Then I'd buy a few copies to submit to them.
Comment 61 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse