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The Composting Toilet System Book: A Practical Guide to Choosing, Planning and Maintaining Composting Toilet Systems - A Water-saving, Pollution-preventing Wastewater Solution (Chelsea Green) Paperback – 1 Jan 1998


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sustainable Strategies,U.S. (1 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966678303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966678307
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,702,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Composting toilets have long been used by off-the-grid homeowners, parks and cottage owners. Now they are making their way in conventional year-round homes. This book profiles systems used worldwide and offers advice on maintenance and operation.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 May 1999
Format: Paperback
This book was well worth the wait. Whether you want to buy a system, or build one, if it's not covered in this book, then chances are it doesn't exist. It covers wet and dry toilets, self-contained composters and also cental units. What I like about this book is that it discusses the pros and cons of each type of design in a very straight forward manner. The authors did a very nice job on this book. If you ever plan on, or are even thinking about a compost toilet system, buy this one now. I leave my copy on my coffee table for guests, it always stirs up a conversation. No sh_t....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J.H.Barnard on 3 Jan. 2002
Format: Paperback
This volume will enable the comsumer to make an informed choice as to the suitability of a composting toilet system for a dwelling. The book gives full details of the systems available from self-build to commercially available, with due deference to climate and geographical variations.
Technical details are integrated into the book, including specialist data. This is thorough review of both the advantages and disadvantages of the various sytems and the practical limits of use. Most of the user reviews are from the USA, and the 'state regulations' obviously apply only to the USA.
Getting back to basics, there are usful sections on pathogen control and heat treatment of the end products, as well as greywater treatment. The implications of carbon nitrogen ratios are clearly discussed and the practicalities of separating waste products.
A usful reference and source book.
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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful
Most complete and credible book on the topic 4 Jan. 2003
By Daniel Linter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After reading a couple of books about composting toilets and graywater systems that were either suspiciously poetic or a little too humorous, I was happy to find this book.
As someone who needs a variety of systems for a variety of high-use sites, I was glad to find a book that deals with this topic in technically and responsibly (in terms of public health). I showed this book to my local health agent, and he was far more amenable to permiting an "experimental system" afterwards, saving me a lot of money.
Also, after experimenting with various systems over the years, I am aware that some systems still described in books and magazines just don't work well. The authors of this book have apparently had the same experience, and I appreciate their researching this so completely.
67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
The Definitive Composting Toilet Book 31 Dec. 1999
By WC7P - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Del Porto's book is the definitive composting toilet book at this time. There is nothing even close. His book covers all aspects of composting toilet systems and touches on graywater issues as well. He treats the composting toilet as part of the home system. If a person is seriously interested in installing/having a composting toilet, this book can save him/her all of the mistakes people usually make. He even (carefully) explodes some of the advertising myths that the purveyors of composting toilets would have us believe. The book covers ready-made systems as well as home built sytems. As trite as this sounds, the book truly is a must for someone considering intstalling composting toilet.
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
The best book out there 15 Nov. 2002
By Scott R. Driver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I would venture that the authors have forgotten more about toilets than most of the rest of us will ever know. There is no possible toilet configuration that does not receive at least cursory discussion. I only have 2 complaints about the book, both of them minor. First there were a couple of systems that I felt were described incompletely and critiqued a bit unfairly. Second, much of the book seemed to be a compilation of other writings without a lot of editing. Consequently there is significant repetition, and a presentation of information that is sometimes slightly disorganized and confusing.
I definitely think that the book is worth reading.
41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
This is a great book to read while your sitting on the pot. 12 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book was well worth the wait. Whether you want to buy a system, or build one, if it's not covered in this book, then chances are it doesn't exist. It covers wet and dry toilets, self-contained composters and also cental units. What I like about this book is that it discusses the pros and cons of each type of design in a very straight forward manner. The authors did a very nice job on this book. If you ever plan on, or are even thinking about a compost toilet system, buy this one now. I leave my copy on my coffee table for guests, it always stirs up a conversation. No sh_t....
37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Impressive, comprehensive, reader friendly, practical. 5 April 2000
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Composting Toilet System Book is an impressive, comprehensive, reader friendly, and practical guide to choosing, planning and maintaining composting toilet systems for those seeking an alternative to traditional sewer and septic tank systems. David Del Porto and Carol Steinfeld collaborate to explain the technologies, sources, applications, graywater issues, and regulations relevant to a composting toilet system for the home, whether manufactured or site-built. Highly recommended.
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