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Design for Water: Rainwater Harvesting, Stormwater Catchment, and Alternate Water Reuse Paperback – June 1, 2007

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About the Author

Heather Kinkade-Levario is the Arizona Director of Planning. A land use planner for 22 years, she is also the President of the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association and has served on the US Green Building Council's Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group. Her award-winning book, Forgotten Rain, Rediscovering Rainwater Harvesting was published in 2004.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers; 1 edition (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865715807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865715806
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,355,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James P. McMahon on September 29, 2007
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I am recomming this book to my customers who are considering rainwater collection. The book contains detailed explanation of collecting rainwater as well as conveyance and storage. The only downside, from my perspective, is that the purification section is deficient. Rainwater today can contain mercury and pesticides in addition to particulate it collects as it falls. I felt this aspect of the discussion was misleading in its brevity. But if you are looking for a book that provides an array of examples for collection and storage of rainwater, this book is an excellent resource to use in planning your system.
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I was hoping to learn the details of setting up a rain water harvesting system with not only this book but what I have learned by scanning the internet. This book was of little help. It turns out I knew more from sites I found on the internet (with better photos) than the information gleaned from this book.

The images in this book are of little to no help. They are all black & white (not a bad thing) and printed small and rather poorly. The points of view illustrated in most of the images beg the question - why show this? The lighting of the interior views is poor, also subtracting from their usefulness. The diagrams are very basic and some are printed far too small to be useful. Only the complete neophyte will find use from this information.

I would recommend finding this book at your library first before dropping the money on this one. I only wish my library had the book so I could have saved the money.
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Of the books I have read on the subject, including those by Brad Lancaster, this is the most comprehensive, with abundant diagrams and photographs. Levario covers both residential and commercial applications, so there may be material that is not pertinent to the average homeowner, and some of the applications described may be beyond the reach of said homeowner, but if you're only going to buy one book on the subject, make it this one.
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This book shows rainwater collection/storage systems on various scales, from home-built, to massive commercial projects; but details are sketchy at all levels. Adds a little, but not much, to Brad Lancaster's "Rainwater Harvesting" vol 1 & 2, and Nate Downey's "Harvest the Rain." Borrow from library, then decide if it's worth spending money on.

Illustrations could be vastly improved if properly labelled and explained; many (borrowed from original sources, and reduced in size) contain type that is far too small to read.

With attentive editing, this could have been a far better, more concise book. Who but an HVAC engineer needs page after page of tables and formulas for calculating compressor-type air conditioner sizing!
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This book is very thorough concerning the subject matter. My only negative comment is that the pictures could have been a little bit better quality. It is very enjoyable to read and I have learned a great deal about the subject and will continue to use it as a guide when building my own system.
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I bought this book to gain general and detailed knowledge of rainwater harvesting, and I was not disappointed. The diagrams and photos are very clear and descriptive. For example, in the second chapter, the diagram of the rainwater harvesting process on page 15, and Details 2.1 and 2.2 on pages 16 and 17 show everything you need to know, microscopically or macroscopically. And the rest of the text and illustrations are just as superb and articulate. The book is well worth the money! It covers everything completely. The RainPC-ST filter has replaced the old RainPC filter shown in the book, but most of the other detailed components and things you can buy for your own system are still current. Just buy it, you'll see.
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