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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading for the smallest room, 14 Sept. 2001
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The author of this one, Sim Van der Ryn has been designing alternative toilet and sewage systems for 40 years, and is currently Emeritus Professor of Architecture at Berkeley in California.
The book, originally published in 1978 way ahead of its time, now revised and reprinted, has a wider scope than The Humanure Handbook, and covers the ground more succinctly. The starting point is a history of sanitary systems and a travelogue of how they do it in other cultures, followed by details of manufactured and home made wet or dry systems which will reduce water consumption and/or enable recycling of nutrients. Greywater systems are covered in a later section, and there is an excellent chapter with details on how we could revamp our tired (or non-existent in the Third World) urban sewage systems. Excellent reading for the smallest room.
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