Water-Wise

Looking for tips to conserve water? Check out these books at OPL.

Living in California, we all know about the need to conserve water. Are you wondering how to limit your water footprint? The following books give tips and suggestions to help you reduce and reuse water in your home and garden.

The Water-Wise Home     Takingon Water     Rainwater Harvesting     Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land            

THE WATER-WISE HOME : how to conserve, capture, and reuse water in your home and landscape / Laura Allen
This book presents a guide to building systems for the home that reuse and conserve water, including constructing rain gardens, installing greywater systems, and purchasing a waterless composting toilet. -From OPL catalog

Taking on water : how one water expert challenged her inner hypocrite, reduced her water footprint (without sacrificing a toasty shower), and found nirvana / Wendy J. Pabich
An expert on sustainable water use set out to reduce her own personal water consumption and describes her experience processing wastewater and redoing the energy systems in her home and offers guidelines and tips for those looking to make similar changes. -From OPL catalog

Rainwater harvesting for drylands and beyond / Brad Lancaster ; illustrated by Joe Marshall ... [et al.] 
The lessons in this volume will enable you to assess your on-site resources, give you a diverse array of strategies to maximize their potential, and empower you with guiding principles to create an integrated, multi-functional water-harvesting plan specific to your site and needs.
                              
Growing food in a hotter, drier land : lessons from desert farmers on adapting to climate uncertainty / Gary Paul Nabhan ; foreword by Bill McKibben
Nabhan
draws upon the wisdom and technical knowledge from desert farming traditions all around the world to offer time-tried strategies for building greater moisture-holding capacity and nutrients in soils; protecting fields from damaging winds, drought, and floods; and harvesting water from uplands to use in rain gardens and terraces filled with perennial crops. -From OPL catalog

 If you want to learn about the amount of water needed in the making and consumption of products used in daily American life, check out this title.

 Your Water Footprint

Your water footprint : the shocking facts about how much water we use to make everyday products / Stephen Leahy
The average American lifestyle is kept afloat by about 2,000 gallons of water a day. Your Water Footprint reveals the true cost of our lifestyle. A "water footprint" is the amount of fresh water used to produce the goods and services we consume, including growing, harvesting, packaging, and shipping. From the foods we eat to the clothes we wear to the books we read and the music we listen to, all of it costs more than what we pay at the check-out. The 125 footprint facts in this book show the true cost of our lifestyle and what it is doing to earth. -From OPL catalog

If you'd like to learn about conserving water in your garden and methods for collecting greywater and rainwater, stop by the Dimond Library for a Water-Wise Gardening program on Tuesday, April 28th at 6:00 PM.

    

                                   

Comments

I recently read "Your Water

I recently read "Your Water Footprint" and found it extremely enlightening. I thought I had been pretty good about conserving, but this book really woke me up to how much water goes into many parts of our lifestyles we tend not to think about. It's definitely changed the way I look at a lot of things. Highly recommended for anyone interested in creating a more sustainable lifestyle.

Hi Rebecca, I also found it

Hi Rebecca,
I also found it enlightening to realize how much water is involved in daily life, even though I'm conserving. Thanks for posting!

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