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Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands (Vol. 1): Guiding Principles to Welcome Rain into Your Life And Landscape

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This is Volume One of the three-volume set, Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands. Volume One helps bring your site to life, reduce your cost of living, endow you with skills of self-reliance, and create living air conditioners of vegetation growing beauty, food, and wildlife habitat. It's full of stories of people who are successfully welcoming rain into their life and landsc ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Rainsource Press
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Dave Riley
After reading a lot of literature on permaculture and rainwater harvesting I think this manual is the best I've read on this specific subject .Much of the new ecological gardening and house design literature is schematic even etherial. Lancaster, in contrast, is absolutely concrete and considerate of likely practical issues. He knows his stuff and is so very generous is sharing his experience and knowledge with the reader.

In fact, I consider that on the subject of design and earthworks he is an
Shades of the Whole Earth catalog! And yet I can't BELIEVE that I haven't paid more attention to this issue before now. Why do we (collectively, here in San Diego) let our rainwater (it's free! it's fresh! it's not full of chlorine!) run down to the sea filled with junk it picks up from roofs, streets, yards, everywhere -- and then pay and pay and pay for heavily treated water from the Sierras, the Colorado River, the Sacramento lta? There is way more information in this book than I'll ever be a ...more
His writing style loses much with his flippant granola-crunchy style, but he makes up for that with the crunch of lots of useful information. Even as a professional who does this stuff for a living, I found this book worth reading.
Excellent technical manual for people serious about harvesting rainwater in a variety of ways. Graphs, calculations, explanations... this is a rainwater textbook. Along with its other volumes, it is a treasure.
Simple introduction, easy to read and exactly what i need. the photos can be a bit rearranged to fit the writing. excited to start the second volume tomorrow..
Nov 13, 2007 Jamila rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Why don't we practice these water saving principals? This book was eye opening.
A lot of about the why to and basic how to.
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Good resource for rainwater harvesting.
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Brad Lancaster has taught, designed, and consulted on regenerative-design systems of permaculture and integrated water-harvesting systems in seven countries since 1993. He created and lives on a thriving solar-powered 1/8th-acre (0.05-ha) urban oasis in downtown Tucson, Arizona, which harvests 100,000 gallons (378,000 liters) of rainwater a year where just 12 inches (280 mm) falls from the sky. Br ...more
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