Synopses & Reviews
Water has been described as the twenty-first-century oil. Water shortages, water quality, and water rights are hot-button issues at the local, national, and international levels. Climate change, population growth, and contamination from industry, farms, and human settlements have dramatically impacted water supplies and disrupted natural nutrient cycles. Strategic wastewater management will be a critical tool in protecting this valuable but threatened resource.
Reusing the Resource is a comprehensive guide to using plants to stabilize, clean, filter, and reuse wastewater, while simultaneously eliminating expensive and polluting sewers and septic systems. The book profiles more than thirty successful ecological wastewater recycling systems that save money, protect public and environmental health, and provide plant-based fuel, fiber, construction materials, habitat, and landscapes. It details the pros and cons of various systems and provides tips for designers, regulators, and builders. Case studies include:
• A greenhouse-enclosed wastewater aquaculture system
• A regional wastewater-recycling plant
• A city’s wastewater-treatment wetland
• Graywater planters and more
This book is a must-read for engineers, landscape designers, clean water advocates, and property owners. Packed with practical ideas and featuring beautiful full-color photos and inspiring, easy-to-read information, Reusing the Resource proves that the solution to water pollution is to grow it away!
Carol Steinfeld is a writer, researcher, and program designer who specializes in ecological resource management solutions.
David Del Porto is an ecological planner and consultant with a focus on integrated water conservation, stormwater, and wastewater reuse. Together they have co-authored two books on wastewater management.
Gardens, greenhouses and groves of trees will gradually replace sewage outfall pipes and leach fields. Imagine using sewage to fertilize ecological tree plantations that provide fuel, fiber, construction materials, wildlife habitats and beautiful landscapes. A small pig farm's wastewater will grow a tree farm instead of polluting a river. A house's wastewater will irrigate and fertilize its surrounding landscape. A planted roof will collect and filter rainwater for use in the house. "Reusing the Resource: Adventures in Ecological Wastewater Recycling profiles more than 30 successful ecological wastewater management systems highlighting such techniques as using plants to stabilize, clean, filter and use up wastewater or discharging it to be used again to flush toilets or irrigate plants. The beauty of these scenarios is that they save money and do a better job of protecting public and environmental health, turning what was a disposal challenge into an amenity and a resource. Written for both engineers and non-technical individuals, "Reusing the Resource: Adventures in Wastewater Recycling is inspiring and easy-to-read, with plenty of information showing that the solution to water pollution is to grow it away!
Don't flush valuable resources down the drain!
About the Author
Carol Steinfeld is a writer, researcher, and program designer who specializes in ecological resource management solutions. She is the co-author of 3 books on wastewater management. As project director for Ecowaters, a nonprofit public information project, she conducts workshops worldwide. David Del Porto is the founder of the Ecological Engineering Group and Ecowaters. He specializes in ecological planning, management and design with a focus on integrated water conservation and stormwater and wastewater reuse. Widely published in professional journals, David is the co-author of 2 books on wastewater management. David Del Porto is the founder of the Ecological Engineering Group and Ecowaters. He specializes in ecological planning, management and design with a focus on integrated water conservation and stormwater and wastewater reuse. Widely published in professional journals, David is the co-author of 2 books on wastewater management.