Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond by Brad Lancaster

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Guided Water-Harvesting Home & Neighborhood Tour with Brad Lancaster – Tucson, AZ

February 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


– To be notified of the next tour email brad at admin@harvestingrainwater.com


WHERE: 813 N. 9th Avenue, Tucson, Arizona

WHEN: 10am to noon, Saturday, February 15, 2020

COST: $10 per person. Must pay/register in advance:


– To be notified of the next tour email brad at admin@harvestingrainwater.com


Come tour with the guy who wrote the books on water harvesting and more!

Brad Lancaster, author of the just released, full-color, revised editions of his award-winning books “Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volumes 1 and 2” will guide this tour of he and his brother’s family’s water-harvesting & landscape design award-winning 1/8th-acre urban property and surrounding neighborhood.
This is a rare opportunity as Brad does not give many public tours.

100,000 gallons of rain and stormwater is harvested annually on the property and in the adjoining public right-of-way. You’ll see examples of:

• an integrated “tiny house” where a one-car garage was converted into a cottage or “garottage” that passive heats and cools itself for free with well-designed winter sun access & summer shading. 75% of its building materials were salvaged from the waste stream;
• solar cooking, solar water heating, and solar power;
• legal & inexpensive site-built composting toilets, which helped legalize such toilets state-wide;
• organic gardens getting 95+% of their irrigation needs met by harvested rainwater;
• inexpensive gravity-fed rainwater harvesting systems providing safe & delicious rainwater for all domestic needs including drinking – with no expensive pumps or mechanical filtration systems;
• extensive gravity-fed greywater harvesting systems turning “waste” waters into resource waters.
• how a joyous 20 plus-years of car-free life has been possible (cargo bicycle is key), and saves over $8,000 annually



In the neighborhood part of the tour you’ll see:
• water-harvesting traffic-calming features that helped turn a dangerous streets into a welcoming bicycle boulevards,
• street-runoff harvesting strategies that use street runoff to freely irrigate street trees and control flooding – and new evolutions improvements on these strategies
• learn how these once “pre-legal” street runoff-harvesting strategies were legalized, rebated, and mandated
• native food forests doubling as wildlife and pollinator corridors that canopy over public foot paths,
• how an annual neighborhood rain and tree planting effort has resulted in the planting of over 1,500 trees and hundreds of understory plants in the neighborhood
• how a county grant helped pay for water-harvesting strategies harvesting over 1 million gallons of annual stormwater in and along the streets
• how a neighborhood-organized Neighborhood Foresters program is training up the neighborhood to steward these features and is implementing more.
• public art & other strategies reclaiming the commons for more life!


Brad will also be selling (at deep discount) & signing copies of the just released & revised, full-color editions of his award-winning books; and Plant the Rain t-shirts, caps, and stickers.


February 15, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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