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Sustainable Architecture

Think Small

Heat with the Sun

Keep your Cool

Use Renewable Energy

Conserve Water

Use Local Materials

Use Natural Materials

Save our Forests

Recycle Materials

Build to Last

Grow your Food

Store your Food

Share Facilities

Conserve Water

The average person in the U. S. uses between 100 and 250 gallons of water a day. I know it is possible to get by just fine on one tenth that amount. The use of low water capacity toilets, flow restrictors at shower heads and faucet aerators are fairly common now. More radical conservation approaches include diverting gray water from bathing, clothes washing and bathroom sinks to watering plants; catching rain water from roofs and paved areas for domestic use and switching to composting toilets. These can be very effective and safe means of water conservation if done carefully to avoid bacterial infestation; be sure to comply with all local laws that regulate these strategies. Landscaping with drought tolerant, indigenous plants can also save an enormous amount of water.

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INFORMATIVE LINKS & BOOKS
General
Permaculture
Rainwater Catchment
Compost Toilets
Landscaping
Waste Water
Water Storage

INFORMATIVE LINKS

General

oasisdesign.net information about rainwater harvesting, gray water use and composting toilets.

harvesth2o.com is dedicated to the advancement of sustainable water management practices and has this informative on-line journal.

naturalhomes.org list workshops from around the world related to water conservation and permaculture.

lowimpact.org the Low-Impact Linging Initiative in England provides information and courses related to water conservation.

lenntech.com/water-ecology Frequently asked questions about water ecology, in English and other languages.

ecowaters.org promotes workshops, sells plans, and provides information about graywater reuse, rainwater havesting, and compost toilets.

nahbgreen.org describes the National Association of Home Builders National Green Building Program.

wolfbarrowscorp.tripod.com/ sells a device to recover water wasted when running the hot water tap until it gets hot.

Water, Peace, and War: Confronting the
Global Water Crisis

by Brahma
Chellaney, 2013

 
 
 
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A Journey in
the Future of Water

by Terje Tvedt, 2013

 
 
 
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The Future of Water by Steve Maxwell, 2012

 
 
 
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The Ripple Effect:
The Fate of Fresh Water
in the Twenty-First Century

by
Alex Prud’homme, 2011

   
 
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Virtual Water:
Tackling the Threat to Our Planet's Most Precious Resource

by Tony Allan, 2011

 
 
 
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Coping with Water Scarcity: Addressing the Challenges
by Luis Santos Pereira, Ian Cordery, Iacovos Iacovides, 2009

   
 
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Water Consciousness
by Tara Lohan, 2008

 
 
 
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When the Rivers Run Dry: Water--The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-first Century
by Fred Pearce,  2007.

 
 
 
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Earth's Water Crisis (What If We Do Nothing?)
by Rob Bowden, 2007.

 
 
 
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Water: Use Less-Save More: 100 Water-Saving
Tips for the Home

by Jon Clift, Amanda Cuthbert, 2007

   
 
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Water Wars:
Privatization, Pollution,
and Profit

by Vandana Shiva, 2002

 
 
 
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Handbook of Water Use and Conservation:
Homes, Landscapes, Industries, Businesses, Farms

by Amy Vickers, 2001

 
 
 
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Growing Clean Water:
Nature's Solution
to Water Pollution

by B. C. Wolverton, John D. Wolverton, 2001

 
 
 
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Life's Matrix:
A B
iography of Water
by Philip Ball, 2000

 
 
 
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Water: The Fate of
Our Most Precious Resource

by Marq De Villiers, 2000

 
 
 
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Permaculture

Learn more or register for EarthFlow's permaculture classes .

Permaculture Institute of Northern California discusses of what permaculture is all about and presents lots of workshops.

permaculture.org.au the Permaculture Research Institute features forums, courses, information and news.

The Permaculture Activist magazine lists many resources for those interested in permaculture.

permaculture.co.uk site for Permaculture Magazine.

permaculturenow.com The Wilder Institute was created to promote and support permaculture education and design around the world.

earthflow.com provides training, consulting, design and workshop listings related to permaculture.

 

Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist: How to Have Your Yard and Eat It Too by Michael Judd, 2013

   
 
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People & Permaculture: Caring & Designing for Ourselves, Each Other & The Planet
by
Looby Macnamara, 2012

   
 
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The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country
by Peter Bane, 2012

   
 
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The Ultimate Guide to Permaculture
by Nicole Faires, 2012

   
 
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Permaculture Design:
A Step-by-Step Guide

by Aryana, 2012

   
 
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Tending the Soul's Garden: Permaculture as a Way Forward in Difficult Times by Denise Rushing, 2011

   
 
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[Kindle Edition]

Gaia's Garden:
A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture

by Toby Hemenway, 2009
   
 
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Getting Started In Permaculture: 50 Practical Projects to Build and Design Productive Gardens
by Ross Mars, 2007

 
 
 
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Earth User's Guide to Permaculture 2nd Edition
by Rosemary Marrow, 2007

 
 
 
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Smart Permaculture Design
by Jenny Allen, 2006

 
 
 
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The Permaculture Way: Practical Steps To Create A Self-Sustaining World
by Graham Bell , 2005

   
 
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The Permaculture Garden
by Graham Bell, 2005

   
 
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The Basics Of Permaculture Design
by Ross Mars, 2005

 
 
 
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[Kindle Edition]

Permaculture:
Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability

by David Holmgren, 2002

 
 
 
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Permaculture:
A Designers' Manual

by B.C. Mollison, 1997

 
 
 
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Rainwater Catchment

rainwaterclub.org this site from India offers a wealth of information related to rainwater collection.

dancingrabbit.org how to build a rainwater catchment cistern.

rainbarrelguide.com lots of solid information about rainwater catchment and the sales of small barrels for this purpose.

rainchainsdirect.com talks about the history and function of rain chains to direct rain water from the roof to a storage container.

arcsa-usa.org the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association provides news and sponors conferences.

rain-barrel.net This blog-style collection of articles has a lot of good information about cisterns and barrels for water catchment systems.

chelseagreen.com an article describing the fundamentals of rainwater catchment systems.

eautarcie.org proposes systems for rainwater catchment and waste water treatment.

 

Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands:
Guiding Principles to Welcome Rain into Your Life And Landscape

by Brad Lancaster, 2013

 
 
 
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Every Last Drop: Rainwater Harvesting and Sustainable Technologies in Rural China
by Zhu Qiang, Li Yuanhong
and John Gould, 2012

 
 
 
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Rain Gardens:
Managing Water Sustainably
in the Garden
and Designed Landscape

by Nigel Dunnett, Andy Clayden 2007

 
 
 
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Design for Water: Rainwater Harvesting, Stormwater Catchment, and Alternate Water Reuse
by Heather Kinkade-Levario, 2007

   
 
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Water From The Sky
by Michael Reynolds, 2005

 
 
 
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Rainwater Catchment Systems for Domestic Supply:
Design, Construction and Inplementation

by Erik Nissen Petersen, John Gould, 2000

   
 
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Compost Toilets

theownerbuilder.com.au an article about building a compost toilet in Australia.

composting-toilet-store.com features an informative FAQ's page about compost toilets.

solartoilet.com The Solar Composting Advanced Toilet is designed to recycle human excrement and urine into a relatively dry and deodorized compost which can be safely and easily applied to the immediately surrounding landscape.

 
compost toilets:
a practical DIY guide

by
Dave Darby, 2012
 
 
 
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The Humanure Handbook:
A Guide to Composting Human Manure

by Joe Jenkins, 2005

   
 
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Liquid Gold:
The Lore and Logic of Using Urine to Grow Plants

by Carol Steinfeld, 2004

 
 
 
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Lifting the Lid
by Peter Harper, Louise Halestrap, 2001

 
 
 
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Composting Toilet System Book: A Practical Guide to Choosing, Planning and Maintaining Composting Toilet Systems
by David Del Porto, Carol Steinfeld, 2000

 
 
 
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The Toilet Papers:
Recycling Waste and Conserving Water

by Sim Van Der Ryn, 2000

 
 
 
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Landscaping

toolbase.org disussion of the merits of using permeable pavement for driveways and landscaping.

greengardendesign is a blog featuring information about sustainable landscape options.

airigator.com this system stores the condensate water from air conditioners and distributes it to water landscaping.

Xeriscaping:
The Wayside Gardens Collection

by Mark Rumay, 2001

 
 
 
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Xeriscaping Handbook:
A How-To Guide to Natural, Resource-Wise Gardening

by Gayle Weinstein, 1999

 
 
 
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Xeriscape Plant Guide:
100 Water-Wise Plants for Gardens and Landscapes

by Denver Water, 1999

 
 
 
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The Xeriscape Flower Gardener: A Waterwise Guide for the Rocky Mountain Region
by Jim Knopf, 1991

 
 
 
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Waste Water

oasisdesign.net describes the "Watson Wick," a system for dealing with black water without using a septic tank."

septicleanse.com has enzyme and bacterial treatment for septic systems.

 

The New Create an Oasis With Greywater: Choosing, Building and Using Greywater Systms
by Art Ludwig, 2006

 
 
 
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Sewage Solutions
by Nick Grant, Mark Moodie, Chris Weedon, 2001

 
 
 
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Builder's Greywater Guide: The Guide to Professional Installation of Greywater Systems
by Art Ludwig 1998

 
 
 
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Water Storage

simplegreenliving.com has a free e-book about emergency water storage, written by my wife, Zana.

 

Soil and Water Conservation Engineering
by Delmar D. Fangmeier, et al, 2005

 
 
 
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Safe to Drink?
by Julie Stauffer, 2001

 
 
 
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Cottage Water Systems:
An Out-of-the-City Guide to Pumps, Plumbing, Water Purification, and Privies

by Max Burns, 1999

 
 
 
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The Home Water Supply : How to Find, Filter, Store and Conserve It
by Stu Campbell, 1983

 
 
 
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