Handbook of Water Use and Conservation: Homes, Landscapes, Businesses, Industries, Farms

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About the Author

Amy Vickers is an engineer and president of a consulting firm, Amy Vickers & Associates, Inc., based in Amherst, Massachusetts. For over a decade, Vickers has brought her water conservation expertise to a wide range of projects in the public and private sectors throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and South Africa. She is the author of the water efficiency standards for plumbing fixtures required by the 1992 U.S. Energy Policy Act and has also testified on water conservation issues before the U.S. Congress, British Parliament, and several state legislatures. She was the Water Conservation Team Coordinator for the Greening of the White House project. A frequent speaker at conferences, universities, and other forums (eg., CNN's "Headline News" May 2002), she has published over 35 papers and articles on water supply and conservation policy issues and technology. Vickers is an active member of the American Water Works Association and served for six years on the Journal AWWA Editorial Advisory Board. She holds an M.S. in engineering from Dartmouth and a B.A. in philosophy from New York University.

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Editorial Reviews

American Water Works Association
The most thorough reference ever published on water use and conservation. Everything you need to knowŠ A gold mine of resources.
Andrew Jones
As a resource policy professional who spent four years exploring the state of the art of water efficiency technologies and programs, I am blown away by the depth and breadth of information in this text. Recycle the pile of guides and reports that have built up over the years, lay off your staffer who is researching what other groups are doing, and let that expert water consultant stay home for a couple of extra days. Just read Vickers' book.
Project Director, Sustainability Institute, Asheville, NC, 7/01
Environment Agency
The handbook reflects the maturing of the subject of water conservation, whilst acknowledging its increasing complexity. At the macro-scale it sets out how to plan a complete water conservation programme and at the micro-scale provides technical detail on such items as taps (faucets), toilets, dishwashers and irrigation devices. Just as technical books evolved on how to build dams, abstract and treat water, there is now a growing market for practical and technical material on how to use water in a sustainable manner. Š requires the dedication and enthusiasm of people like Amy Vickers to take on the exacting task of piecing it all together and informing a world-wide audience thirsting for such information.
(UK), Demand Management Bulletin, 10/01
Environmental Building News
A veritable encyclopedia of water conservation methods and equipment in buildings, landscapes, and beyond A superb reference Invaluable.
1/02
National Drinking Water Clearinghouse
An impressive volume well organized, easy to read, and easy to use. A big book in a number of ways.
Summer 2002
National Geographic, 9/02
One of the 'Best sources' on water topics.
Newsflow
A toolbox for water use efficiency, focusing on practical solutions to boost the productivity of existing water supplies.
Global Water Partnership, 1/03
Permaculture Activist
A splendid handbook. If you're looking for information related to water, it's probably here, and it will be well displayed, illustrated, clearly described, and annotated. This large format reference work has everything the discriminating reader, scholar, or professional could want. Furthermore, it's comprehensive, thoughtful, professional circumspect yet supportive of new ideas and appropriate technologies.Š The text is handsomely designed, with graphic features on most pages. Tables are numerous, easy-to-read, and well-placed.
Summer 2002
Public Works Magazine
This definitive and state-of-the-art reference on water use, conservation, and efficiency measures is a "must have" for all professionals concerned with efficient water use and management - managers, planners, engineers, architects, academicians, consultants, policymakers, irrigators, builders, and conservationists.
Online Edition, 11/01
Publishers Marketing Association
2002 Benjamin Franklin Award (Silver), "Technical/Professional".
Library Journal
An engineer and water resources consultant, Vickers has written a comprehensive, nontechnical handbook on water use and efficiency measures for homeowners, businesses, farmers, and industries. The first chapter outlines ten key planning steps to a successful conservation program, such as goals, incentives, benefits and costs, and evaluation. The chapter on efficiency measures for residential and domestic water use is packed with charts and tables detailing how changing to high-efficiency clothes washers, water-efficient dishwashers, and low-volume toilets, showerheads, and faucets saves both water and money. Efficiency measures for landscape water use include native and low-water-use plants, irrigation scheduling, and the use of mulches. The section on industrial, commercial, and institutional water measures covers laundromats, swimming pools, cooling and heating systems, and zoos, while efficiency measures for agriculture include drip irrigation, tailwater reuse, surge valves, and canal management. Among the useful appendixes are a list of web addresses of conservation organizations, a table for calculating water-cost savings based on volume of use, sample worksheets for water audits for a residence, an irrigational setting, and an industrial/ commercial/institutional setting. The attractive layout includes numerous charts, photographs, and sidebars containing useful data, and a glossary of terms and a detailed index complete the work. This is a clear, concise, and well-written work for all audience levels on a topic that will be of interest to academic, public, and special libraries. It may be a bit pricey, but it will be the definitive work on this topic. Eva Lautemann, Georgia Perimeter Coll., Clarkston Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931579070
  • Publisher: WaterPlow Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2003

    EXCEPTIONAL!

    To call Amy Vickers 'Handbook of Water Use and Conservation' exceptional would be an understatement! As the Water Conservation Program Director in our town, it has been an invaluable source of information. I referecne the book at least a half a dozen times a week and often refer to it as my water 'Bible.' Thorough and very well written, it comprehensively covers residential, landscape, industrial/commercial/institutional, and agricultural water use and efficiency measures. I especially like the case study examples of efficiency measures and savings she references. In addition, the book provides a plethora of additional sources and organizations to contact for more information. Although relevant to all sectors (e.g., homeowners, industry, etc.), the book is a MUST for all water utilities and conservation professional's reference library. As a water utility and/or a professional in the water conservation field, to not own this book is a disservice to yourself and your trade.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2001

    great source of info

    As a resource policy professional who spent four years exploring the state of the art of water efficiency technologies and programs, I am blown away by the depth and breadth of information in this text. Recycle the pile of guides and reports that have built up over the years, lay off your staffer who is researching what other groups are doing, and let that expert water consultant stay home for a couple of extra days. Just read Vickers' book. -- Andrew Jones, Project Director, Sustainability Institute

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