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When Wendy Pabich received a monthly water bill for 30,000 gallons (for a household of two people and one dog), she was chagrined. After all, she is an expert on sustainable water use. So she set out to make a change. Taking on Water is the story of the author’s personal quest to extract and implement, from a dizzying soup of data and analysis, day-to-day solutions to reduce water use in her life. She sets out to examine the water footprint of the products she consumes, process her own wastewater onsite, revamp the water and energy systems in her home, and make appropriate choices in order to swim the swim. Part memoir, part investigation, part solution manual, the book is filled with ruminations on philosophy, science, facts, figures, and personal behavioral insights; metrics, both serious and humorous, to track progress; and guidelines for the general public for making small (or perhaps monumental) but important changes in their own lives.
“Wendy Pabich artfully blends deep research and core science with her own personal journey poured through the insightful eyes and passionate voice of a devoted ecologist. This account will cause you both to pause and reflect as well as itch to turn the page and read on.” - John Replogle, CEO of Seventh Generation
“Wendy Pabich’s title is exactly what the world should be doing right now: Taking on Water. Water is the most pressing issue facing the world today. To understand why, read this book. You’ll learn not only about water, you’ll learn about yourself.” - Thomas Kostigen, author of The Green Blue Book and You Are Here
“Pabich, who holds a PhD in environmental engineering, presents a passionately personal account of fulfilling her dreams as a WaterKeeper that contains quantitative data and scholarly insights without being the least bit off-putting.” - Booklist
“Water conservation is important to many people and they want to do something about it, but it seems so big and overwhelming that they don’t know what to do. Wendy used her vast amount of water knowledge to change her daily household habits, and then wrote a book explaining how she did it and providing a template for what we all might do. Additionally, I think she does a great job of weaving important water facts into her storytelling, making it really readable.” - Marie Kellner, Idaho Conservation League
“Books like Wendy’s make you think about what you can do.” - Dayna Gross, Silver Creek Watershed manager for The Nature Conservancy
“Taking on Water is part memoir, part scientific investigation of all the ways people use water that they might not even be aware of, and part guidebook to water conservation–a little bit of everything you wanted to know about water told through a personal account... Clearly a well-trained scientist, Pabich dug up facts and figures and studies on every aspect of one’s water footprint–which runs the gamut from direct household and yard consumption to how much water it takes to make food and clothing, dispose of waste, and use electricity.” - The Aspen Business Journal