Cottage Water Systems: An Out-of-the-City Guide to Pumps, Plumbing, Water Purification, and Privies

Cottage Water Systems: An Out-of-the-City Guide to Pumps, Plumbing, Water Purification, and PriviesAuthor(s): Max Burns

Publisher: Cottage Life Books; Revised edition (January 1, 1999)

Paperback: 152 pages

ISBN: 096969220X

ISBN-13: 978-0969692201

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If you have a pump, a well, a septic system, or an outhouse …

If you winterize your water system or use it year round …
Or if you simply care about the quality of the water your drink,
Cottage Water Systems will save you time, money, and headaches

Cottage Water Systems is written specifically with cottages — and cottage problems — in mind. It explains in a clear, easy-to-understand style how each component of the water system works, with dozens of tips on installation and repair, as well as troubleshooting guides to help you diagnose what’s wrong with your system. Each chapter is accompanied by explanatory diagrams and illustrations.

Cottage Water Systems includes:

  • how to choose the pump that’s right for your property
  • a guide to water quality and types of water purifiers
  • foolproof methods for priming your pump
  • the ins and outs of composting toilets and other alternatives
  • how to extend the life of your septic system
  • step-by-step instructions for closing a seasonal water system in the fall and opening it in the spring
  • how to build a first-class outhouse
  • ways to get water in winter
  • how to keep the cottage’s environmental impact low
  • North American sources for water-system components

About the Author

Max Burns is a regular contributor to Cottage Life magazine, and how won several National Magazine Awards for his work. He specializes in how-to journalism, and the subjects he writes about are as varied as his interests — everything from docks to butter tarts. He is currently building a passive solar home within shouting distance of his cottage in northern-Ontario. Cottage Water Systems is his second book.

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