Every Last Drop: Rainwater Harvesting and Sustainable Technologies in Rural China

Every Last Drop: Rainwater Harvesting and Sustainable Technologies in Rural China

by Zhu Qiang, Li Yuanhong, John Gould
     
 

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Over the past two decades a quiet revolution has been taking place in the countryside of China where hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of poverty. This book focuses on some of the practical actions and clever use of appropriate technologies which have been at the heart of this positive grassroots-driven change in rural Gansu Province. Key to this

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Over the past two decades a quiet revolution has been taking place in the countryside of China where hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of poverty. This book focuses on some of the practical actions and clever use of appropriate technologies which have been at the heart of this positive grassroots-driven change in rural Gansu Province. Key to this has been mobilizing the population and their expeditious use of rainwater harvesting both to dramatically improve crop yields and provide households with reliable domestic water supplies. Since Gansu is semi-arid and stored rainwater a scarce resource, ingenious systems of providing crops with just the right amount of supplementary irrigation at critical periods have been developed. Challenges such as lack of fuelwood have been overcome by the development of simple low-cost solar cookers, which by focusing the sun’s rays using tiny mirrors can boil a kettle in minutes. These affordable units are now being produced at hundreds of small rural factories. The construction of low-cost greenhouses using plastic sheeting allows for the collection of rainwater and its use in efficient drip irrigation systems. By supplying vegetables and cash crops to local markets farmers have been able to repay their initial investment in under two years. The real significance of this case study is that most of the approaches described are based on universal principles of sustainable development.

Every Last Drop is recommended reading for engineers, planners, staff of NGOs, academics and students in the water, energy, and agriculture sectors.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This book is a major source of tested techniques in the fields of water supply and agriculture for semi-arid lands, solar energy and erosion control. I happily commend it.”

Every Last Drop shows that great strides can be made against the severe challenges of water shortage and soil conservation without large expenditures by using the best of traditional technologies combined with modern science and innovation.”

“Now, not only those who have seen with their own eyes but also readers of this book will turn into believers of the huge, yet untapped potential of rainwater harvesting.”

Dr. Terry Thomas
“This book is a major source of tested techniques in the fields of water supply and agriculture for semi-arid lands, solar energy and erosion control. I happily commend it.”
David Bainbridge
Every Last Drop shows that great strides can be made against the severe challenges of water shortage and soil conservation without large expenditures by using the best of traditional technologies combined with modern science and innovation.”
Hans Hurting
“Now, not only those who have seen with their own eyes but also readers of this book will turn into believers of the huge, yet untapped potential of rainwater harvesting.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853397370
Publisher:
Practical Action Publishing
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Zhu Qiang is with GRIWAC, China.

Li Yuanhong is with GRIWAC, China.

John Gould is the Project Coordinator, Engineering Projects for Developing Countries, Lincoln University, Cantebury, New Zealand.

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