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

Dry Run shows the best ways to manage scarce water resources and handle upcoming urban water crises.


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 Book CoverDry Run shows the best ways to manage scarce water resources and handle upcoming urban water crises.Featuring original interviews with more than 25 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 homes
  • rainwater harvesting
  • graywater reuse and water reclamation systems
  • water efficiency retrofits
  • onsite 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.

Table of Contents 

     Chapter 1 - A Short History of Water
     Chapter 2 - Patterns of Water Use
     Chapter 3 - Urban Water Crises
     Chapter 4 - Urban Water Management
     Chapter 5 - Water Use in Commercial and Institutional Buildings
     Chapter 6 - Water Use in the Home
     Chapter 7 - Blue Water
     Chapter 8 - Graywater
     Chapter 9 - Brown Water
     Chapter 10 - Blackwater
     Chapter 11 Green Water
     Chapter 12 - Zen Water
     Chapter 13 - New Water
     Chapter 14 Responding to Water Crises: A Tale of Four Cities
     Chapter 15 - Ten Steps to Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis

          - Glossary
          - Resources
          - List of Interviews

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