Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers, and Ponds

A do-it-yourself guide to designing, building, and maintaining water tanks, cisterns and ponds, and managing groundwater storage. It will help you with your independent water system, fire protection, and disaster preparedness, at low cost and using principles of ecological design. Includes how to make ferrocement water tanks.

Author: Art Ludwig, published by Oasis Design.

Author: Art Ludwig, published by Oasis Design.

Water Storage shows how to make your storage—and your entire water system—perform better, especially if there are water quality issues, severe supply constraints, or highly variable demand.
You’ll learn what kind of storage will serve best—tanks, ponds, groundwater; how much storage you need, where to install it, how to properly plumb it, which accessories would benefit your home, farm, or community, and how to sustainably manage groundwater—in short, how to make your access to clean water more secure.
Water Storage includes original design innovations, real-life examples, and complete instructions for constructing tanks from ferrocement.

Water Storage describes how to store water for home, farm, and small communities. It will help you design storage for just about any use, including fire safety and emergency, in just about any context—urban, rural, or village.

This book includes:

  • general principles to help you design, construct, and use any water system
  • a look at common mistakes and how to avoid them
  • how the different kinds of storage can serve you—tanks, groundwater, and ponds
  • how to determine the optimum amount of storage for your needs
  • how to determine the best shape and material for your storage
  • how to manage aquifers sustainably for inexpensive storage of water in the ground
  • plumbing details for inlets, outlets, drains, overflows, access, etc.
  • storage accessories and gadgets such as automatic shut-off valves, remote level indicators, ozonators, and filters
  • how to build your own high-quality tank from ferrocement
  • original design innovations—published here for the first time—to improve the quality of stored water, increase water security, make maintenance easier, and reduce environmental impacts
  • real-life examples of storage designs for a wide range of contexts

It is aimed at small communities, farms, ranches, back to the landers, and anyone interested in water security.

Buy the book (*communicate with Oasis Design regarding their delivery policies and methods to South Africa/your country)


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