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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

The books shown below are arranged according to when they were published, with the most recent ones at the top. If you click on one of the images you will be taken to a page at Amazon.com where you can find out more about the book. If you end up buying one of them, greenhomebuilding.com will receive a small commission that will help cover the cost of maintaining this website. Thanks for your patronage.

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.

Permaculture

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.

permies.com has forums, articles, videos and podcasts all about permaculture.

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.

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.

rainchainsworld.com some FAQ's about the use of rain chains.


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.

ecojohn.com manufactures waterless composting and incinerating toilets.

Landscaping

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

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

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.

Water Storage

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

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