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Design for Water: Rainwater Harvesting, Stormwater Catchment, and Alternate Water Reuseby Heather Kinkade-Levario
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In an era of dwindling resources, water is poised to become the new oil. The entire world now faces the reality of a decreasing supply of clean water. To avert a devastating shortage, we must not only look at alternate water sources for existing structures but must plan our new developments differently.
Design for Water is an accessible and clearly written guide to alternate water collection, with a focus on rainwater harvesting in the urban environment. The book:
In addition to rainwater, there are several affordable and accessible alternate sources, including cooling tower bleed-off water, air conditioning condensate, gray water, and fog collection. Design for Water is geared to providing those making development decisions and guidelines with the information they need to set up passive harvesting techniques. The book will especially appeal to engineers, landscape architects, municipal decision-makers, developers, and landowners.
Heather Kinkade-Levariois a land-use planner in Arizona and the author of the award-winning Forgotten Rain.She is president of Forgotten Rain L.L.C., a rainwater harvesting and stormwater reuse company.
Book News Annotation:
Kinkade-Levario is a land use planner in Arizona, where she also runs a rainwater harvesting and stormwater re-use company. She walks professional builders and designers, and do-it-yourselfers through the elements of a rainwater harvesting system, and points out such factors to consider as water budget, cold weather, and building standards. She distinguishes between passive systems that divert water and filter it before it enters water ways, and active systems that capture water and store it for later use. About half of the book is devoted to examples, with photographs, diagrams and drawings, explanations, and building and performance data. Distributed in the US by Consortium Books Sales and Distribution. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A professional guide to collecting water — the 21st Century oil.
About the Author
Heather Kinkade-Levario is the Arizona Director of Planning. A land use planner for 22 years, she is also the President of the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association and has served on the US Green Building Council's Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group. Her award-winning book, Forgotten Rain, Rediscovering Rainwater Harvesting was published in 2004.
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