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Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis

Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis

by Jerry Yudelson
Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis

Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis

by Jerry Yudelson


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When the rivers run dry--water solutions for a thirsty planet.

In the Age of Scarcity now upon us, fresh water shortages are an increasingly serious global problem. With water restrictions emerging in many developed countries and water diversions for industrial, urban, and environmental reasons stirring up oceans of controversy, there is a growing thirst for innovative approaches to reducing our water footprint.

Dry Run shows the best ways to manage scarce water resources and handle upcoming urban water crises. Featuring original interviews with more than twenty-five water researchers and industry experts, this book explains water issues and proposes solutions for homes, buildings, facilities, and schools. Examining the vital linkages between water, energy use, urban development, and climate change, Dry Run demonstrates best practices for achieving “net zero” water use in the built environment, including:

  • Water conservation strategies for buildings, factories, cities, and Rainwater harvesting
  • Graywater reuse and water reclamation systems
  • Water efficiency retrofits
  • On-site sewage treatment
  • New water reuse and supply technologies

Ideal for concerned citizens, building managers, homeowners, architects, engineers, developers, and public officials faced with charting a course in a more arid future, Dry Run overflows with practical solutions.

Jerry Yudelson , PE, LEED AP, leads the Yudelson Associates consultancy and is a leading authority on green building, clean water, and sustainable development. He is the author of eleven books, including Choosing Green and Green Building A to Z .

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781550924459
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 304
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Jerry Yudelson has trained 3,000 people in the US Green Building Council's LEED system, and chaired the steering committee for the world's largest green building conference for three years. The founder of a major green building consulting firm and Sustainability Director at Interface Engineering for four years, he is the author of three books on green building.

Jerry Yudelson is the president of Yudelson Associates, green building consultants. He has trained over 3,000 people in the LEED green building rating system. He chairs Greenbuild, the world's largest green building conference, and has written six books on green building, including Green Building A to Z (New Society Publishers).

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Professor Sharon B. Megdal

1. A Short History of Water

Part I: The Coming Water Crisis
2. Patterns of Water Use
3. Urban Water Crises
4. Urban Water Management
5. Water Use in Commercial and Institutional Buildings
6. Water Use in the Home

Part II: The Colors of Water
7. Blue Water
8. Graywater
9. Brown Water
10. Blackwater
11. Green Water
12. Zen Water
13. New Water

Part III: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis
14. Responding to Water Crises: A Tale of Four Cities
15. Ten Steps to Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis

Epilogue: Water and Sustainability

Appendix I: Glossary
Appendix II: Resources
Appendix III: List of Interviews
About the Author

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"This book draws our attention to a critical, but often unrecognized, environmental challenge facing society in developed countries such as Australia and the United States: managing urban water supply. He makes a crucial connection that global policy makers should be aware of: Increasingly people understand that a comprehensive approach to the climate change challenge must look at water issues as equally important as curbing excessive energy use."
— Tony Arnel, Chair, Green Building Council of Australia

" Dry Run is a compelling analysis on the full spectrum of one of our most precious resources, water. Yudelson has the unique ability of synthesizing the historical, present day and available technologies/solutions for the impending struggle we are and will face in regards to water conservation. A must-read for the novice and experienced as we move towards a "new water" sector."
— Ronald W. Hand, AIA, CSI, E/FECT. Sustainable Design Solutions

" Dry Run provides a much needed and welcome examination of our impending water crisis and provides workable solutions to prevent it. It is a mustread for water resource planners and water conservation professionals."
— Bill Hoffman, PE, H.W. (Bill) Hoffman & Associates

"Jerry Yudelson's book, Dry Run , will become an excellent "nonstandard" reference manual for water efficiency. It provides a basic understanding of past, current, and potential water issues. Whether you live in an area of drought-potential or not, Dry Run provides knowledge and benchmarks for the consumer, the engineer, the operator, and the politician to help us become more water efficient."
— Greg Towsley, GRUNDFOS Pumps Corporation.

"This is the first book that provides the specific information that you need to "future-proof " your house and your business against water scarcity. If you act on the information in this book, you will save money today. More importantly, you will prevent dramatic losses in the future when droughts, severe storms and infrastructure decay reset our approaches to building."
— Laura Shenkar, The Artemis Project

"This book provides the most comprehensive overview about water-related knowledge and potential strategies I've ever seen. This is a must for every engineering and architecture practice with a serious focus on sustainability. It will boost the reader's consciousness and will give this topic the necessary attention in building design."
— Thomas Auer, Transsolar Energietechnik, Stuttgart, Germany

"I can't emphasize enough how important it is that people read this book... not just some people — ALL PEOPLE. Water is the declining and undervalued resource of our time, and in 5 years we'll all be wondering why we took so long to realize that water's value to us as human beings will far outstrip our current worries and hand-wringing about oil. We are not 70% oil, we are 70% water. Jerry's book is the right message and the essential reference guide for us to accelerate this idea and this awareness in this time of profound transformation and change — everyone needs to know what is in this book."
— Clark Brockman, AIA, Director of Sustainability Resources, SERA Architects

"Once again, Jerry Yudelson has taken a critical complex issue and presented it in a readable manner. This is the next environmental crisis and Jerry is sounding the battle cry, while offering tangible solutions. I applaud the effort and his graceful manner in presenting the material."
— Ron van der Veen, AIA, Mithun, AASHE Board

"Jerry Yudelson's Dry Run is an urgently needed manifesto. It makes a compelling case to shift from a pattern of careless water dependencies to strategic alignment with water cycles and balance, and is an imperative for immediate action."
— Gail Vittori, Co-Director, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems

"This book is the best summary of a comprehensive overall coverage of the entire urban water crisis context I have seen yet. Read it — whether you are planning for water, managing it or using it. You will understand why water will be the gold of the 21st century and what you can do to help avoid the crisis, mitigate or generate new business."
— Guenter Haber-Davidson, Water Conservation Group, Sydney, Australia

"Clear — as water should be — is the message of this book. A serious topic is presented in a manner to make you curious, not anxious. It is possible to run through the book's pages in a hurry and anyway get the good impression that we can (still turn the problem to the good). It is also possible to take more time and stay with one aspect in one of the chapters and find information and unknown details like exploring deep water area in nature.

Excellent figures make this book being an appetizer to join the group of active planning people, introduced by interviews. Nice to see by the presented examples, that people (let us call them colleagues) around the world already started in a common sense to prevent the next Urban Water Crisis, by using their skills, their brain and their heart at the same time."
— Klaus W. König, Architectural Office of Klaus W. König, Ueberlingen, Germany

"Urban water utilities have long prided themselves on quietly providing reliable water at affordable prices. As a result, there's limited awareness about the challenges of providing water to ever-growing populations. Yudelson strips away complacency with a sobering look at the past, present and future challenges to our water supply. Yudelson shares his sustainable design and construction expertise to explain practical concepts for reducing our water footprint without compromising our standard of living. Whether you're a green-living novice or a seasoned professional, you'll find Dry Run enlightening."
— Doug Bennett, Southern Nevada Water Authority

"Jerry Yudelson continues to provide genuine thought leadership and support for the global green building agenda. Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis delivers a comprehensive analysis of the issues surrounding urban water use and offers clear evidence of why we must change the way we view and value water."
— Romilly Madew, Chief Executive, Green Building Council of Australia

"Setting the bar for new developments in our cities and towns is of utmost importance to ensuring a sustainable water supply for future generations. Dry Run truly hits the spot when it comes to water conservation in the Arid Southwest."
— Dr. Rodney Glassman, Tucson City Council

" Dry Run is a matter-of-fact book with evidence that screams Urban Water Crisis. It clearly outlines why we need to use existing attempts to respond to water shortages in other countries as well as parts of our own country that are already starting to feel the effects of low water supplies as a "dry run" for dealing with the looming Urban Water Crisis. A grounded effort to speed our vital response."
— Heather Kinkade, RLA, author, Design for Water: Rainwater Harvesting , Stormwater Catchment and Alternate Water Reuse

"An outstanding book covering today's very significant concerns over water availability and use in North America. Very importantly, though, Jerry also gives us an all-encompassing picture of "solutions" to these concerns in the form of 21st century products, technologies, and practices that can definitely lead to water sustainability. I highly recommend this book for both the new practitioner in the field of water use efficiency and the experienced water professional."
— John Koeller, P.E.

"This book is the wakeup call we all needed to realize the grave challenge we face and the potential of the building industry to curb water consumption. From home designers and builders to city and national policy makers, this resource is the compass we all needed to navigate and guide our destiny over this century of transition from black to blue gold. I hope all sector stakeholders read it, soon!"
— Donna McIntire, AIA

"This book's incredible. It covers everything you need to know about water, and I mean everything, and will go a long way towards helping save this world. Jerry has already tackled sustainability in buildings but now he's taking on our world's biggest challenge of providing enough water for future generations."
— Steven Straus, PE, Glumac

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