Product and company listings and other water wise resources.
- John Tynan's Fifteen Minute Break ~ A homeowner in Tempe, Arizona, shares his experience converting the family's burned-out traditional lawn to a xeriscaped front yard.
- waterconserve.org ~ This blog is a project of the non-profit Ecological Internet group and features "reviewed water conservation news, information retrieval tools, and original analysis and action opportunities." The site tends toward the "macro" view of world water use issues, rather than homeowner-level issues; however, one visit drives home the rapidly growing importance of water as the most important resource of the 21st century.
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- Success With Water-Saving Gardens by Graham Clarke. Published by Guild of Master Craftsman Publications (2008). With a little planning, this expert maintains that gardeners can have "color, form and fragrance" even in hot, dry conditions, watering restrictions and sprinkler bans. This well illustrated guide helps you choose and care for plants that thrive in an arid environment. You'll also find best practices for design, soil enhancement and watering as well as an A-Z plant guide.
- The New Create an Oasis With Greywater: Choosing, Building and Using Greywater Systems - Includes Branched Drains (Paperback) by Art Ludwig. Published by Oasis Design (September 2006). National Gardening Magazine calls Ludwig a "water visionary," and installers of greywater systems have highly recommended this book as a "must read"for anyone thinking seriously about adding a greywater system.
- Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers, and Ponds for Domestic Supply, Fire and Emergency Use--Includes How to Make Ferrocement Water Tanks (Paperback) by Art Ludwig. Published by Oasis Design (May 2005). The book covers all common forms of water storage, with enough technical detail to choose and install the system that's best for you, and written so that anyone can understand. If you're contemplating adding water storage, this is the must read to understand your options, and to avoid errors and save on maintenance.
- Water: Use Less-Save More: 100 Water-Saving Tips for the Home (Paperback). A Chelsea Green Guide by Jon Clift and Amanda Cuthbert. Published by Chelsea Green (2007). From the book: "Did you know that Americans now use 127 percent more water than we did in 1950? Or that about 95 percent of the water entering our homes goes down the drain? Our population is growing, our climate changing, and our lifestyles demand more and more water. This book includes one hundred tips for conserving water in the home and garden. Following just a few will reduce your consumption of water, save money, and save the environment."
- Why Should I Save Water? (Paperback) by Jen Green. Illustrated by Mike Gordon. Published by Barron's Educational Series (2005). A fun way to educate your kids on why saving water is important. Brief, entertaining stories with illustrations on every page and a guide in the back to help parents and kids use the book effectively as a teaching tool. Recommended for ages 4-8.
- Cleanmywater.com ~ They're a wholesale distributor of supplies for wells, and water treatement and water purification, but they also have an online learning center called the "Water School" with links to water facts, information about the water cycle, and types of water systems and problems that might arise with them.
- greywater.net ~ Oasis Design, a water/wastewater systems design and consulting firm (see our Products page) has created an informative site about all aspects of water and greywater systems. How to choose, build and use them. Includes regulations, studies, and examples.
- Epinions.com/Lawn and Garden section ~ Compare irrigation products. Do side-by-side product and price comparisons of irrigation products from soaker hoses to sprinkler system timers. You can search by product type or manufacturer, in the Epinions.com Lawn and Garden section. You can also find how-to advice, written by Epinion members, on irrigation products.
- Tox Town ~ A comprehensive online library of information on toxic chemicals and environmental health risks sponsored by the National Library of Medicine. Searchable by keyword or section (i.e., town, city, farm, port). Guidance also available for teachers. Site accessible in Spanish.