Books, many with excellent photographs, are available through either your local library, our library page or for purchase. The following Internet web sites will link to bookstores offering water conservation related publications.

Check first with your local water provider for water conservation information specific to your local area. Also 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.

Online Bookstores

California Urban Water Conservation Council Bookstore, the Practical Plumbing Handbook is the most applicable for homeowners.

Sunset Publications

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, ACEEE, Publications Ordering note especially the list of efficient home appliances.

The Garden Shop, University of California, Botanical Gardens, numerous landscaping books for sale.

Desert, has excellent CD-ROMs and bookstore features for water efficient landscaping references.

WaterWiser Bookstore

American Water Works Association, Bookstore covers the whole spectrum of water resources related issues. Some publications for the general public, most books for water professionals and educators. Keyword search under Conservation.

United States Environmental Protection Agency, Publications Catalog, under "Water Conservation and Efficiency", one copy free.

Pacific Institute Bookstore provides an array of publications on environmental issues including water, sustainability, climate and drought.

Rocky Mountain Institute

Water Education Foundation, Bookstore with over 15 different Layperson's Guides, videos, maps and school education materials.

The World Conservation Union

WaterPlow Press

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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

Homemade Money: How to Save Energy and Dollars in Your Home, 1st Edition, Rocky Mountain Institute, 1995, and saves water too!

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)

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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

Handbook of Water Use and Conservation: Homes, Landscapes, Businesses, Industries, Farms by Amy Vickers, WaterPlow Press, 2001