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Newsletter: New Water Storage Book, What Next?

May 2005

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Water Storage is here!

Our new book, Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers and Ponds for Domestic Supply, Fire and Emergency Use, is now shipping!

It is a do-it-yourself guide to designing, building, and maintaining water tanks, cisterns and ponds, and sustainably managing groundwater storage. The book also includes detailed guidelines for how to make several styles of ferrocement water tanks. It will help you with your independent water system, fire protection, and disaster preparedness, at low cost and using principles of ecological design.

See Water Storage-book for all the details...or click to order it now:

Author: Art Ludwig, published by Oasis Design. 2005. 8.5x11, 125 pages, 43 figures, 128 photos. ISBN 0-9643433-6-3. $19.95



What Next?

Finishing the Water Storage book feels like getting to the top of a mountain pass after a long, hard slog. We've got a great team in tip top shape, and now a whole array of enticing potential paths stretch out before us into different parts of the landscape below...

So which path to take?

An astonishing sequence of powerfully transformative experiences have washed over me the past few months. Like this exchange, with Ianto Evans:

Art: We've finally finished the Water Storage book. You know what a grueling experience it is to write a book...

Ianto Evans: Art, instead of identifying the product you want, then enduring whatever it takes to achieve it, why not identify the process you want to live and then harvest the fruits of that process?

Art: [brain snapping, crackling and popping] You mean to say that I've been running my life and work exactly backwards?

Ianto: Yes. Think about it: Nature doesn't do products. It is all process...

Later, Satish Kumar put it this way:

"What is this thing with you Americans 'pursuing happiness?' Why not just be happy?"


So...what process do I want to live? Good question. I'm surprised at how hard it is for me to even think this way.

Here's what I've come up with so far:

Which still leaves the question of which of these enticing paths to proceed on. Can you help? Here are some of the options. Please Email us feedback as to which you think we should do:


Finish another of several half-written books:

(You can vote for these and others at our Vote for new content page)

Do classes/ presentations:

Designs to develop:

New web stuff:

Or take a year off for the global eco village tour...


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