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See our Suggested Reading List for some key recommendations. Give us more suggestions using our feedback page. Note the references used in this web site are listed under References.

The following Internet web site links will connect to library resources with water conservation related publications. Check with your local water provider for water conservation information specific to your local area.

Find a library near you, LibWeb, Library Servers via WWW, is a digital library that currently lists over 6100 pages from libraries in over 100 countries, hosted by University of California, Berkeley.

Reference Searching WaterWiser, The Water Efficiency Clearinghouse, hosted by the American Water Works Association.

Rocky Mountain Institute has many references for homeowners available for download on their web site.

Look up EnergyStar information on the USEPA EnergyStar web site for downloadable references.

Consortium for Energy Efficiency, CEE, Resource Library, CEE is a national, non-profit organization that promotes energy-efficient products and services with up-to-date information on incentive programs by participating utilities and qualified product listings for their programs. Water conservation related information mostly focuses on clothes washers and targets water conservation professionals.

University of Washington, Horticulture Library, Seattle, Washington. Excellent reference list of landscaping publications for their library to either visit or print to use as reference for researching at your own local library.

California Urban Water Conservation Council, CUWCC, has members-only library with references primarily for water conservation professionals.

General Water Use

Water Resources Center Archives, University of California, Berkeley, located in Berkeley, California [via Online Archive of California (OAC)]. The WRCA collection primarily contains published and archival materials with an emphasis on freshwater quality, supply, and development, wastewater treatment, wetlands and estuaries, climate, and coastal zone management. The materials cover a broad spectrum of municipal, industrial, agricultural, environmental, biological, and engineering issues. Holdings of approximately 135,000 items concentrate on California and the western U.S., but also include extensive material from all 50 states as well as international publications.

Downloadable Resources on Water Use are available from the United States Geological Survey (USGS), And for students.

Suggested Reading List

Click each book title for purchasing information. Most publications are available through and gardening publications through the University of California, Botanical Garden Shop No direct endorsements implied. (Disclaimer)

Inside the Home

Practical Plumbing Handbook, California Urban Water Conservation Council, 2001

Complete Home Plumbing Guide, Sunset Magazine, 2001

Water Efficiency For Your Home: Products and advice which save water, energy, and money, 3rd Edition, Rocky Mountain Institute, 1995

Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings, 7th Edition, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), 1999

The Most Energy-Efficient Appliances 2001, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Outside the Home
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Many of the following titles provide excellent planning and design principles, worksheets to calculate water use, sample landscape designs and implemented example pictures, plant lists and descriptions, and many more tips.

Numerous Water Conservation Landscaping Titles Exist on the Suggested Reading List from the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association

Gardening & Landscaping Guides, Sunset Publications

How to Water Your Garden, Sunset Magazine, 2000

Smart Energy and Water Use in the West, Sunset Magazine 2001

Water-Wise Gardening for California, Sunset Magazine 1998

Landscape Plants for Western Regions: An Illustrated Guide to Plants for Water Conservation, by Bob Perry, Land Design Publishing, 1992 (Out of Print - Only Available Used or Library Loan)

Xeriscape Handbook; by Gayle Weinstein, Fulcrum Publishing, 1999

Waterwise Landscaping with Trees, Shrubs, and Vines: A Xeriscape Guide for the Rocky Mountain Region, California, and the Desert Southwest; by Jim Knopf, Chamis Books, 1999

The Xeriscape Flower Gardener: A Waterwise Guide for the Rocky Mountain Region; by Kim Knopf, Johnson Books, 1991

Natural by Design: Beauty and Balance in Southwest Gardens; Judith Phillips, Museum of New Mexico Press, 1996

Plants for Natural Gardens: Southwestern Native and Adaptive Trees, Shrubs, Wildflowers, and Grasses; by Judith Phillips, Museum of New Mexico Press, 1995

Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and All Climates: Helping Your Garden Flourish, While Conserving Water! by Robert Kourik, Heidi Schmidt (Illustrator), 1993

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Layperson's Guide to Water Conservation, Water Education Foundation, 1997 Worthwhile document with some more specific focus on efforts in California.

The Great Thirst: Californians and Water-A History, Revised Edition by Hundley Norris, Jr., 2001

The World's Water 2000-2001: The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources (World's Water, 2000-2001), Pacific Institute, 2000

Water Conservation Kit, Water Education Foundation

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