Handbook of Water Use and Conservation
by Amy Vickers

The definitive and state-of-the-art reference on water use, conservation, and efficiency measures.


As drought, pollution, and sprawl make water increasingly scarce, many are seeking new and sustainable solutions to water supply problems.  This book is the most comprehensive, authoritative, and state-of-the-art reference ever published on water use, conservation, and the growing array of efficiency measures to help meet future water needs.  This one-of-a-kind reference is packed with hundreds of fact-filled tables, charts, photographs, and case studies that explain everything you need to know about water use and conservation measures.  Learn how to save water, money, and energy and help comply with federal water efficiency standards, plumbing codes, and conservation ordinances and policies.

Handbook Cover 3A "must have" for all professionals, libraries, and anyone concerned with water and the environment — planners, engineers, architects, consultants, policymakers, code and regulatory officials, builders, landscape designers, irrigators, academicians, and conservationists —the long-needed "Handbook for Water Use and Conservation: Homes, Landscapes, Businesses, Industries, Farms" by Amy Vickers:

  • Outlines 10 key steps for a successful conservation program.
  • Describes water use characteristics of major customer sectors.
  • Provides water audit steps for homes, landscapes, businesses, factories, and farms.
  • Information on more than 100 water-efficiency measures for long-term demand reductions & drought response.
  • Presents estimated water savings, benefits, and costs for efficiency measures.
  • Includes energy conservation benefits from water efficiency measures.
  • Offers hundreds of fact-filled tables, illustrations, and case studies.
  • Lists online links to conservation organizations, agencies, businesses, suppliers, and information resources.
  • Comes with appendices, a full index, glossary, and conversion factors.

Table of Contents 

     Chapter 1 - Planning a Successful Water Conservation Program
     Chapter 2 - Residential and Domestic Water use and Efficiency Measures
     Chapter 3 - Landscape Water Use and Efficiency Measures
     Chapter 4 - Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Water Use and Efficiency Measures
     Chapter 5 - Agricultural Water Use and Efficiency Measures
     Chapter 6 - The Water Conservation Network

          - Contents of a Comprehensive Water Conservation Plan
          - Basic Elements of a Water Integrated Resource Plan
          - BMPs for Urban Water Conservation in California
          - Water and Sewer Rates, Costs, and Savings by Volume of Use
          - Sample Worksheet: Residential (Indoor) Water Audit
          - Sample Worksheet: Landscape and Irrigation Water Audit
          - Sample Worksheet: Industrial/Commercial/Institutional Water Audit
          - EWMPs for Agricultural Water Suppliers in California
     Conversion Factors

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