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The water-wise home : how to conserve, capture, and reuse water in your home and landscape
Allen, Laura, 1976- , author.
Publication Information:
North Adams, MA : Storey Publishing, [2015]
Physical Description:
256 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
"Greywater reuse, rainwater harvesting, waterless toilets"--Cover.
Format :


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Central Library TD429 .A424 2015 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
Audubon Library TD429 .A424 2015 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Orchard Park Library TD429 .A424 2015 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
City of Tonawanda Library TD429 .A424 2015 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Save the earth's most precious resource while also saving yourself money. Laura Allen provides expert strategies for using water smartly and efficiently while fulfilling all of your home and garden needs. Learn how to create a water-wise landscape, reuse greywater, harvest rainwater, and even set up a waterless composting toilet. Offering proven techniques in clear and accessible language, The Water-Wise Home makes it easy to help the environment and lower your household operating costs through conserving water.

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Booklist Review

Although the looming water shortage crisis hasn't yet reached the fever pitch of coverage in the media that climate change has, reports from California and other parts of the U.S. about lingering droughts have understandably begun to make people nervous. To ease the angst a little and provide sound and seasoned advice on how to conserve water, environmental science expert Allen has crafted a user-friendly guidebook that covers every angle of home water use and plumbing. In addition to steering readers through the basics of setting up composting toilets and rainwater catchment systems, the author also covers the installation of a piping system that makes invaluable use of greywater ; that is, water from showers, sinks, and washing machines that would otherwise go down the drain. Allen shows how greywater diversion can irrigate plants and trees, and she provides critical advice on appeasing skeptical neighbors and health authorities. Essential reading for anyone hoping to cut down on rising water bills and water supply concerns, and a must acquisition for libraries with an ample collection of do-it-yourself manuals.--Hays, Carl Copyright 2015 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Allen, cofounder of Greywater Action, a collaborative that educates those building sustainable water culture and infrastructure, outlines the U.S. water shortfall, along with techniques for saving and reusing water for the benefits of trees, wildlife, and one's bank account. The average American family uses 400 gallons of water a day. Homeowners who want to conserve can get their feet wet in the essentials of drought-proofing the home, understanding the failures in current municipal water systems, and installing pipes for house waste as well as rainwater. The author explains how to determine the faults in one's home water-delivery system before immersing the reader in the less appealing aspects of water conservation (sharing bath water or converting the swimming pool into a harvesting tank). Complete instructions are offered for using rain barrels, tanks, and cisterns, before moving on to more complicated processes, such as installing an indoor gray-water greenhouse with a composting toilet. Awash with information, the beginner may feel a bit intimidated by the prospect of fertilizing with urine by book's end, but the projects address all skill levels and degrees of commitment. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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