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

Posted on Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 at 3:58 pm by Brad Lancaster

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


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