on 30 January 2013
This is an amazing book!
It arrived within 2 days, which is rapid for super saver delivery. I was a bit concerned when I opened the box and found a book of volume akin to a slender magazine inside. Soon as I opened it, I was fascinated though.
This book does what books should do - it conveys knowledge. And it does it in the most economical way. So instead of filling pages with waffle (info for the sake of bulking out the book) or gratuitous pictures (images for the same purpose), it contains just the information you need and only the pictures or diagrams that will add value to the text. The paper is not top quality, but considering the general grain of the book that is actually wonderful consistency of concept. But if all publications came in this format, pulping trees for it would be a worthy cause.
The contents are presented much like a scientific report, but spliced with anecdotes that sparks interest. You might go as far as to liken Art Ludwig to a lecturer/teacher you have fond memories of, for he can bring the subject to life by recalling his own experiences.
I am fond of technical books, so this was right up my street. I will be setting up a farm in the future on undeveloped land, and I intend to design and build the entire water supply (less open sources) with this at hand.
1. Even thought this book comes from the USA and with an American author, all units of measurement are supplied in metric (less a little bit at the back on ferrocement construction). This is good form for an author who should have a international audience.
2. Comprehensive! Water storage is laid out front to back - from conceptualisation all the way through to long term projections on the performance of what you have created.
3. Relevant. Corporate greed, the commodification of water and government puppetry fosters a highly precarious dependence on this very precious resource. Art Ludwig presents tested and realistic countermeasures.
If you prefer helping yourself to waiting for someone else to come do it for you, this book is for you.
on 4 August 2011
I bought this after buying the companion book (The New Create an Oasis with Greywater: Choosing, Building, and Using Greywater Systems, Includes Branched Drains) by the same author.
These books do compliment each other though I found this one (Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers, and Ponds) less useful for my situation. Most of the projects are too large scale for me. However, anyone contemplating an eco-friendly self-build or upgraded water storage system will find this book full of ideas and practical information.