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Overview of Brad Lancaster Homestead Water-Harvesting Strategies (Arizona)

A water-harvesting overview highlighting some of the strategies implemented at the Lancaster homestead to harvest street runoff, roof runoff (with simple filtration), and greywater. See Brad’s award-winning books "Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond" for more.

Brad Lancaster

Since 1993 I’ve run a successful permaculture consulting, design, and education business focused on integrated and sustainable approaches to landscape design, planning, and living. And as I live in a dryland environment, water harvesting has long been one of my specialties and a passion. I started writing the Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond series with the goal of empowering my clients and my community to make positive change in their own lives and yards, by harvesting and enhancing free on-site resources such as water, sun, wind, shade, and more. I wanted to provide accessible books that explain what water harvesting is, how to do it appropriately, and how to tailor water-harvesting strategies to the unique conditions of different sites and integrate it with the harvest of other resources. I believe we all can become beneficial stewards of the land, and partners in the ecosystem in which we live, and I believe that by harvesting water—and more—we can all begin to transform our households and neighborhoods from being consumers of resources to generators—and even regenerators—of resources. Drawing on my years of teaching, consulting, designing, on-the-ground implementation, and learning from others, I offer readers my clear and simple process to assess and design their own harvesting systems at home and throughout their community.

One Comment

  1. Hey Brad – thanks for the “juicy” tour – loving the salvaged items, that ladder ROCKS!

    I just want to pass along a warning to all the folks who might be considering getting involved with Brad and his water harvesting ways: any contact with his well-researched books, his entertaining classes or his goofy, in-person self will cause you to have a severe and immediate need to harvest any and all water that crosses your path. You will stay up at night devising ever more interesting water harvesting projects which you will implement and proudly display and expound upon at length to anyone who might pass through (or pass out at) your property.

    Water harvesting is addictive, especially when it’s this much fun – you’ve been warned.

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