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Create an Oasis describes how to quickly and easily choose, build, and use a simple greywater system. Some can be completed in an afternoon for under $30. It also provides complete instructions for more complex installations, how to deal with freezing, flooding, drought, failing septics, low perk soil, non-industrialized world conditions, coordinating a team of professiona Create an Oasis describes how to quickly and easily choose, build, and use a simple greywater system. Some can be completed in an afternoon for under $30. It also provides complete instructions for more complex installations, how to deal with freezing, flooding, drought, failing septics, low perk soil, non-industrialized world conditions, coordinating a team of professionals to get optimum results on high-end projects, and ?radical plumbing? that uses 90% less resources.


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Create an Oasis describes how to quickly and easily choose, build, and use a simple greywater system. Some can be completed in an afternoon for under $30. It also provides complete instructions for more complex installations, how to deal with freezing, flooding, drought, failing septics, low perk soil, non-industrialized world conditions, coordinating a team of professiona Create an Oasis describes how to quickly and easily choose, build, and use a simple greywater system. Some can be completed in an afternoon for under $30. It also provides complete instructions for more complex installations, how to deal with freezing, flooding, drought, failing septics, low perk soil, non-industrialized world conditions, coordinating a team of professionals to get optimum results on high-end projects, and ?radical plumbing? that uses 90% less resources.

30 review for The New Create an Oasis with Greywater: Choosing, Building, and Using Greywater Systems, Includes Branched Drains

  1. 4 out of 5

    Erika RS

    As is obvious from the title, this is a somewhat technical book that is of interest mainly to people who are want to set up residential greywater systems. I have a short series on my house blog about residential greywater (http://setsuzokuya.blogspot.com/searc...), so here I'll just say that this book is full of solid information. A must read for anyone who wants to take advantage of the large amount of fairly easy to process greywater produced in their home. As is obvious from the title, this is a somewhat technical book that is of interest mainly to people who are want to set up residential greywater systems. I have a short series on my house blog about residential greywater (http://setsuzokuya.blogspot.com/searc...), so here I'll just say that this book is full of solid information. A must read for anyone who wants to take advantage of the large amount of fairly easy to process greywater produced in their home.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This is perhaps the best (only?) greywater "manual" out there currently... there were a few "ah ha!" moments for me, and some great suggestions and how-to contained in the book. As a person who has basically zero construction and plumbing knowledge or experience, I still felt like there were some parts that I just didn't really grasp that were a little over my head. BUT, this is a reference that I'm sure I'll be checking out of the library again, and/or buying, as I continue to plan out how to a This is perhaps the best (only?) greywater "manual" out there currently... there were a few "ah ha!" moments for me, and some great suggestions and how-to contained in the book. As a person who has basically zero construction and plumbing knowledge or experience, I still felt like there were some parts that I just didn't really grasp that were a little over my head. BUT, this is a reference that I'm sure I'll be checking out of the library again, and/or buying, as I continue to plan out how to actually implement a greywater system for my future eco dream home.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lidia

    All in all, the book has a lot of information and is a great start for any greywater project. Wish there were more details in the book, though specifically on plumbing part. Still with a help from a greywater certified installer, we purchased the right parts (mainly a 3 valve switch) and have the plumbing ready for bath/shower water to go to a constructed wetland (yet to be constructed). This will get you most of the way there and at least you will know what questions to ask.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kelda

    Wow, I had no idea there were So Many graywater options, and how wide the spectrum is, from totally simple mulched basins to elaborate wetlands. Easy to get the gist, and I'll have to reread it again when I'm more familiar with more plumbing tools and techniques. Wow, I had no idea there were So Many graywater options, and how wide the spectrum is, from totally simple mulched basins to elaborate wetlands. Easy to get the gist, and I'll have to reread it again when I'm more familiar with more plumbing tools and techniques.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Someday this book will come in handy. Ludwig doesn't mince words about bad ideas in greywater. He also tells you how to put the good ideas in place. Someday this book will come in handy. Ludwig doesn't mince words about bad ideas in greywater. He also tells you how to put the good ideas in place.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarhee

    The greywater sourcebook.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    We were looking to add a grey water system to a outside kitchen and shed that we have and were looking for ideas on exactly what we needed to do it right. This book has lots of good information as well as design ideas and ideas for plantings. I'd recommended it to others looking to recycle their water for gardens and lawn. We were looking to add a grey water system to a outside kitchen and shed that we have and were looking for ideas on exactly what we needed to do it right. This book has lots of good information as well as design ideas and ideas for plantings. I'd recommended it to others looking to recycle their water for gardens and lawn.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    very informative, but I think it needs some updates for new processes and such.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Very thorough. Author seems to know his stuff.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Merry Love

    As far as setting up a greywater system goes, this is known as THE book. And the information is good, don't get me wrong. But it makes something that can be rather simple sounds very complex. It can take quite a bit of muddling through to find the simple but if information you need. Honestly, I would say the only helpful thing I used from the book that I couldn't find just as easily on the internet for free was a table to determine how many square feet of mulch bed you'd need (depending on how ab As far as setting up a greywater system goes, this is known as THE book. And the information is good, don't get me wrong. But it makes something that can be rather simple sounds very complex. It can take quite a bit of muddling through to find the simple but if information you need. Honestly, I would say the only helpful thing I used from the book that I couldn't find just as easily on the internet for free was a table to determine how many square feet of mulch bed you'd need (depending on how absorbent your soil is). What the plan actually ended up looking like: 1. Dig a pit 8" deep to fill with bark mulch. Use table to determine how big. Place the dug up dirt around the edges to make a safety barrier that's a bit taller. 2. Use 1.5" or 2" pipe from the graywater source into the mulch pit. Keep it as straight as possible, try to avoid curves. A system can have Y branches. Ludwig recommends no more than 16 total. 3. The pipe needs to flow at atleast a 2% (or 1/4 inch) downgrade. Use a natural slope, or get a level that measures this. 4. The end of the pipe needs to free fall. We took a 5 gallon bucket with a lid, drilled some 1" holes in the bottom half so it looks like Swiss cheese, and put that in the mulch pit for the pipe to flow into. Tada a space for it to fall that's covered (a lot of state laws require this). It took WAY too much puzzling and reading to figure that out, but the book did its job. He also has a WEBSITE. I would definitely recommend checking that out first.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Junio

    Greywater is a sort of Chimera, a created idea about what is water has "been used before" and what is clean. All water has been used before. That's the point of the hydrologic cycle. Greywater just gets used again by the person who used it last. It's been slightly downcycled, by contaminants such as food waste, soap, or even urine. Feces officially makes blackwater. It is necessary to avoid using this without a great deal of processing. Greywater makes so much sense because in traditional plumbi Greywater is a sort of Chimera, a created idea about what is water has "been used before" and what is clean. All water has been used before. That's the point of the hydrologic cycle. Greywater just gets used again by the person who used it last. It's been slightly downcycled, by contaminants such as food waste, soap, or even urine. Feces officially makes blackwater. It is necessary to avoid using this without a great deal of processing. Greywater makes so much sense because in traditional plumbing systems, the nearly clean water gets mixed with the most unsanitary water and sent to a sewage treatment plant to be dealt with, but the contamination is harder to reverse than it is to prevent. This book is a practical guide that shows you how. This book was the bible of greywater for years. The new edition which I haven't read should be read instead if you have a choice, but this one is still a very good read. I don't expect there to be anything wrong with the information in this edition. The new edition adds a section on branched drain systems which used to be a separate book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Adam Shand

    Wonderful book. Very practical guidance on how to approach the building of grey water systems, helpful information to understand the pros and cons of each strategy and enough detail to feel like I could tackle some projects when the time is ripe. I particularly loved the simplicity and practicality of his "radical plumbing" approach but sadly I doubt it's possible with local regulations. Wonderful book. Very practical guidance on how to approach the building of grey water systems, helpful information to understand the pros and cons of each strategy and enough detail to feel like I could tackle some projects when the time is ripe. I particularly loved the simplicity and practicality of his "radical plumbing" approach but sadly I doubt it's possible with local regulations.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Create an Oasis with Greywater combines all of the benefits of self-published books with very few of the flaws. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to use water from their sink or bathtub to irrigate the garden. Create an Oasis with Greywater combines all of the benefits of self-published books with very few of the flaws. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to use water from their sink or bathtub to irrigate the garden.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gea

    exactly as the title says - this is the handbook book for backyard greywater systems - from easy to complicated.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Devine

    Fantastic book. I will be implementing greywater in my new home

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dustin Hollis

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Bogart

  18. 4 out of 5

    Heath

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sanderson

  20. 4 out of 5

    David Laslie

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kay Weber

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pierce Presley

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kaal Alexander Rosser

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lydia

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brad Lancaster

  26. 5 out of 5

    Psbjr

  27. 5 out of 5

    E

  28. 5 out of 5

    Catmampbell

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karen Trythall

  30. 5 out of 5

    Barret Marshall

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