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Water Buffs Podcast│Ep. # 11│Harvesting Water in Arid Lands – Brad Lancaster

Brad Lancaster, author and expert on water harvesting, talks to Water Desk Director Mitch Tobin about how individuals and communities can make the most of rainfall and greywater to stretch local supplies.

The supplementary images in this podcast were reproduced with permission from “Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond” by Brad Lancaster and

For more information, be sure to check out the full-color editions of Brad Lancaster’s books “Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond” available at deep discount, direct from Brad, at

And for more images and information on some of the case studies/examples given in this podcast check out the following as well:

Lancaster residence image gallery

Greywater-harvesting case study (Lancaster residence)

Before & after photos of green infrastructure in Dunbar/Spring (Brad’s neighborhood)

Manzo Elementary School

Stormwater- & street-runoff harvesting case study (Portland, Oregon)

El Coronado Ranch and its rock check dams that enhanced water flow

Water Harvester: An Invitation to Abundance, a video documentary on Brad Lancaster and his water harvesting work, written, directed, and produced by David Fenster for Arizona Public Media

And check out still more great resources at:

Brad’s water-harvesting website:

DunbarSpringNeighborhoodForesters website:

Active SystemsGreywater HarvestingPassive SystemsRainwater HarvestingStormwater & Street Runoff Harvesting