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See Brad Lancaster – Harvesting Rainwater, Brad’s channel on YouTube, for additional videos. New videos will be added periodically.

Scroll down for videos on the harvesting of Rainwater, Stormwater and Street Runoff, Greywater, Condensate & Dew, Fog, Sun & Shade, Soil & Fertility, and Neighborhood Food Forestry

Rainwater Harvesting Videos

Water Harvesting Demo with Brad Lancaster

Using a sponge model as a demonstration tool, Brad Lancaster shows us the effectiveness of harvesting rain.
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Dry Land, Episode 5 of the Greenhorns’ Our Land Series

Dry Land, Episode 5 of the Greenhorns’ Our Land Series Brad discusses how we can work with nature to deconstruct our water woes back into water wins.
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Portlandia Ecovillage Is A Giant Rainwater Sponge

Kailash Ecovillage in Portland, Oregon has transformed their 2 acres to absorb all of the rain that falls on it with an edible landscape, in a way that they give more water to their groundwater than they take from it via their well.
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Stormwater and Street Runoff Harvesting Videos

Water Rainglers

A short, sweet film featuring Greg Peterson of the Urban Farm, Ryan Wood of Watershed Management Group, Ken Singh of Singh Farms, and Brad Lancaster talking about place-based, community-building, common-sense solutions to Arizona’s water needs.
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Slow the Flow: Make Your Landscape Act More Like a Sponge

This informative and entertaining film brings to life practices and projects that individuals and communities have created to steward our watersheds and slow the flow of stormwater, one of the largest contributors of pollution into our waterways. Approximate run time: 30 minutes.

Free Water by Andrew Brown of Focus Forward

Tucson filmmaker Andrew Brown says, “A short film I made on local rainwater-harvesting genius Brad Lancaster was a semifinalist in the Focus Forward film competition! I would really appreciate it if you took the time to check it out… and share if you can. I really believe in Brad’s message.”
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Graywater Harvesting Videos

Multi-drain pipe for laundry greywater harvesting

This inexpensive gravity-fed (no pumps or tanks) system uses common plumbing parts, and no expensive or hard-to-find valves.
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Greywater-harvesting food-producing outdoor shower

Plant your greywater as you shower to grow a fragrant, edible, privacy screen that also feeds & shelters chickens, goats, pollinators, and native song birds.
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Overview of Lancaster-Homestead Water-Harvesting Strategies

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.
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Condensate & Dew Harvesting Videos

Integrated Local Harvests, a.k.a., Innovations in Solar and Water

Brad’s May 2015 presentation “Integrated Local Harvests”.
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Water Harvesting University!

Brad Lancaster leads us on a tour of the epic water harvesting demonstration site on University of Arizona’s campus in Tucson, Arizona.
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Fog Harvesting Videos

Integrated Local Harvests, a.k.a., Innovations in Solar and Water

Brad’s May 2015 presentation “Integrated Local Harvests”.
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Sun & Shade Harvesting Videos

Summer-Solstice Solar Arc of Trees for Free Harvest of Shade & Cooling

See how this ideal orientation of home and landscape trees (in water-harvesting basins) to the sun—plus appropriately sized equator-facing roof overhang—maximizes the on-site potential to freely/passively harvest cooling shade in summer, generate rooftop-solar power & solar hot water year round, while also maintaining ideal solar access in winter.
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Winter-Solstice Solar Arc for Free Harvest of Sun & Heating

See how this ideal orientation of home and landscape trees (within water-harvesting basins) to the sun—plus appropriately sized equator-facing roof overhang—maximizes the on-site potential to freely/passively harvest warming sun and light in winter, generate rooftop-solar power & solar hot water year round, while also harvesting cooling shade in summer.
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Winter Solstice Sun and Shadow Paths—Micro version

This video illustrates the sun’s path (and the shadows it casts) on the winter solstice—the day with the longest shadows of the year—for a site at 32˚ N latitude. Awareness of such shadow paths enables you to maintain winter sun access.
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Soil & Fertility Harvesting Videos

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How to Build a Composting Toilet Barrel System with David Omick

How to Build a Composting Toilet Barrel System with David Omick
Soil and Fertility Harvesting

How to Use and Maintain a Composting Toilet Barrel System with David Omick

How to Use and Maintain a Composting Toilet Barrel System with David Omick
Soil and Fertility Harvesting

Mr. Brown sings “Don’t Flush Your Mush” in celebration of composting toilets

Learn to compost your human waste into free, safe, on-site high-quality fertilizer that will make your garden lush!
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Neighborhood Food Forestry Videos

Plant the rain—don’t drain it—to end the drought with passive water harvesting by Brad Lancaster

We are in a record drought (the driest year on record) with record heat, and finally got 1.7 inches (43 mm) of rain 7-2021, but almost everyone let the vast majority of that rain drain away! For them, the drought continues. But for those who planted and harvested the rain, the drought ended where water has deeply infiltrated and abundance has been renewed!
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Harvest more rainwater with a living sponge than with a water tank

You can grow tanks (and living pumps), rather than buy them, and they’ll have a lot more water-harvesting capacity.
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Plant rain then seed to vegetate your rain gardens for FREE with Brad Lancaster

This video is about how you can vegetate your yard, neighborhood, school grounds, and more for FREE by planting seed of desired multi-use native plants after planting rain.
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