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Finally released: the long-awaited, expanded, and revised second edition of Volume 1 of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond!

Turn water scarcity into water abundance, while maximizing the power of the sun and more! This best-selling, award-winning guide shows you how to conceptualize, design, and implement life-enhancing water-, sun-, wind-, and shade-harvesting systems for your home, landscape, and community. The book enables you to assess your on-site resources, gives you a diverse array of strategies to maximize their potential, and empowers you with guiding principles to create an integrated, multi-functional plan specific to your site and needs.

Clearly written with more than 280 illustrations, this new edition helps transform your site from a consumer of resources to a thriving generator of resources; reduce your cost of living; endow you with skills of self-reliance; and create community-building, living, air-conditioning vegetation that grows beauty, food, carbon-sequestration, flood-control, and wildlife habitat. Stories of people who are successfully welcoming rain, sun, wind, and shade into their life and landscape will invite you to do the same!

Author bio: Brad Lancaster is a dynamic teacher, consultant, and designer of permaculture and regenerative systems. He teaches around the world. While closer to home he has worked with his city and other municipalities to legalize, incentivize, and provide guidance on rainwater-, greywater-, stormwater- and other local resource-harvesting systems and policy.

Brad lives his talk on an oasis-like, food-abundant demonstration site he created with his brother and neighbors in downtown Tucson, Arizona. On this eighth of an acre (0.05 ha) and surrounding public right-of-way, they harvest 100,000 gallons (378,000 liters) of rainwater a year where less than 12 inches (300 mm) fall from the sky. In addition, the site’s sun-, wind-, and shade-harvesting systems power Brad’s home, his brother’s, and help power those of their neighbors.


“This book’s simple techniques (and the principles behind them) can help you save bunches of money, and make the landscape around you more productive and beautiful, with less work and upkeep than you can imagine.”

– Kevin Dahl, former Executive Director of Native Seeds/SEARCH and author of Native Harvest: Gardening with Authentic Southwestern Crops

“This wonderful book overflows with effective ways to beneficially cycle and enhance local water supplies, while maximizing free power from the sun.”

– Sandra Postel, founding director, Global Water Policy Project; Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society

“This is an important book about using rainfall as the primary driver in creating and restoring landscapes for agriculture and communities. It is ecological design at its best.”

– John Todd, Ph.D., Research Professor and Distinguished Lecturer; President, Ocean Arks International

“What a wonderful, enthusiastic book. Brad Lancaster lives what he preaches—a water-careful lifestyle that is all about more life.” – Ben Haggard, author, regenerative systems practitioner and teacher For more info on the book, Brad’s work, and inspiring videos see

Brad Lancaster is a dynamic teacher, consultant, and designer of regenerative systems. He is the author of the award-winning, best-selling books Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, the information-packed website, and the Drops in a Bucket Blog. He lives his talk on an oasis-like eighth of an acre in downtown Tucson, Arizona, by harvesting over 100,000 gallons of rainwater a year where just 12 inches per year falls from the sky.

Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond Wins 2013 Literary Awards

This year’s release of the updated, expanded Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volume 1, 2nd Edition has won two literary awards: * Best Indie Books of 2013 by Kirkus Reviews in the Nonfiction category * 2013 USA Best Book Award in the General Home category More awards could be on the horizon in 2014. […] Read More..

American Oasis: A Multimedia Work on the Story of Water in Tucson, featuring Brad Lancaster

“It never snows in Tucson. It doesn’t even rain much – about 11 inches a year – so precipitation of any kind makes Tucsonans a little giddy. But the light in [Brad] Lancaster’s eyes is different. He sees water falling from the sky as the key to his city’s future; nothing less than its salvation. […] Read More..

Watershed Maps Are Community Maps

by Brad Lancaster © 2011 A watershed is “that area of land, a bounded hydrological system, within which all living things are inextricably linked by their common water course and where, as humans settled, simple logic demanded that they become part of a community.” — John Wesley Powell Political boundaries are arbitrary. Watershed boundaries […] Read More..

Images of Contemporary Water-Harvesting Art

by Brad Lancaster © 2011 Show the flow. Cycle it. Celebrate it. Know it. And as you do, show others the way. The three images below are installations that I feel show and celebrate the flow. Their beauty lures me in, and invites me to look deeper. See more images in the Contemporary Water-Harvesting […] Read More..

Images of Ancient Water-Harvesting Art

by Brad Lancaster © 2011 There is a tradition of harvesting rainwater in all human-inhabited drylands of the world where it rains (and in a great many wet areas that also experience dry seasons). I’ve been very lucky to have been able to travel to, and learn from, some of them. Below are three […] Read More..