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Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond by Brad Lancaster covers the theory and techniques for harvesting rainwater. Volume 1 covers the guiding principles to understanding the land and how it influences and interacts with the rain. Volume 2 covers specific techniques that can be used to shape the land to maximize the usage and benefits of the rain. Volume 3 (as yet unpublished) is going to cover roof catchment and cistern systems.

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I give these books 10 out of 10 acorns.

This is the bible for rainwater harvesting! Volume 1 will probably be a bit of review for people already familiar with permaculture but it is still filled with great information and informative illustrations. The book was really good with helping me visualize why we want to do what we do.

Volume 2 is a book I find myself referencing more than any other when working on catchment problems. It just has so much pertinent info combined into one useful reference, I love it. The only thing I wish was different about the book was it would be great to have color photos and illustrations but I'm sure that the price would have been too much with color printing...
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These books I think deserve 9 out of 10 acorns, because vol2 repeats all important things from vol1. Separate I would say 8 out of 10 for vol1 and 10 out of 10 for vol2. That said, they're both fantastic books to have. I read both books after reading Bill Mollison's manual and doing an online PDC with Geoff Lawton, which already gave a very complete picture on earthworks. Burt Lancaster however gives a whole new fresh look on earthworks in these books, which taught me to look at them with different eyes again. For example I never realized that in very dry climates with only occasional heavy rains you could plant the swales instead of the mounts and reserve the swale mount as your walkway. He also manages to create a very complete picture of how exactly earthworks can be setup to function together. The writing is very understandable and the illustrations help to get a very clear picture. Even for people in wet climates it would be a good help in understanding how to manage water in the landscape. A must read I think!
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I give these books 10 out of 10 acorns.

I have bought these books using a voucher that I have won here on permies.com a year ago, thank you once again!

Bill Mollison was saying that if you can do just one thing, you should collect rainwater. This is what these books are about.

They provide both theory and practical advise on how to keep water on a property for the longest possible time, which is one of my main goals on my land.

Everything is well documented and easy to follow. The books make you aware not only about water, but also points out importance of sun, wind and shade.

I'm impatiently waiting for Volume 3, I'm going to install roof water catchment system soon, so this book would be of a great help.

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I give these books 9 out of 10 acorns. Very informative and detailed.
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