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Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond (Vol. 1): Guiding Principles to Welcome Rain Into Your Life and Landscape

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  356 ratings  ·  22 reviews
This is Volume One of the three-volume set, Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands. Volume One helps bring your site to life, reduce your cost of living, endow you with skills of self-reliance, and create living air conditioners of vegetation growing beauty, food, and wildlife habitat. It's full of stories of people who are successfully welcoming rain into their life and landsc ...more
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Published January 1st 2006 by Rainsource Press
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Dave Riley
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ecology, gardening
After reading a lot of literature on permaculture and rainwater harvesting I think this manual is the best I've read on this specific subject .Much of the new ecological gardening and house design literature is schematic even etherial. Lancaster, in contrast, is absolutely concrete and considerate of likely practical issues. He knows his stuff and is so very generous is sharing his experience and knowledge with the reader.

In fact, I consider that on the subject of design and earthworks he is an
Al Kutil
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book should be applied no matter if you have a lot of rainwater or a tiny amount. Whether rain forest, prairie or desert, these principles can equalize the water wars that have already started. Helping your neighbor, community or city has not been outlawed, so I don't understand why a rain barrel is considered against the law. Work WITH your local government, or work around their lack of knowledge and help them overcome inertia. This book will certainly help in that endeavor.
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recalled twice now from the library. In-demand book in Tucson! I will buy this for myself one day but just haven't yet. Paradigm-shifting, altering how one even sees landscape.

Updated: Still to-be-finished for me, but in the meantime I am bringing a hard copy to leave with a passionate grower-teacher in each rural sub-office I visit: check Chad, Nigeria, Uganda so far.
Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Vol I & II by Brad Lancaster is a must-have for those who understand the scarcity of clean, available water today, and want to make a difference on how they use water now. The need for water smarts was true in 2006 when I first found out about Brad and his organization, and it is true today.

These books are for a home library of people who are living as homesteaders, for those interested in a Permaculture, or sustainable future. It would benefit c
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Excellent technical manual for people serious about harvesting rainwater in a variety of ways. Graphs, calculations, explanations... this is a rainwater textbook. Along with its other volumes, it is a treasure.
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read it through in one sitting and now am re-reading it, This is so very much exactly what I was looking for in terms of idea's on HOW to set things up, what kind of storage you need ideas on how to protect the storage units from the sun, etc. man do I have work to do, ordered volume 2 already.
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you only read one book on the rainwater harvesting aspects of permaculture and other regenerative methods of landscaping, this should be it.
It's exceptionally clear and solution based, suitable for beginners, class rooms and old pros.
I've been doing this kind of thing for nearly 20 years and I am relearning, refining and expanding on the techniques I use.
It's even got a game plan, step by step instructions and check lists.
I highly recommend you get a copy for your self and one to loan out. I
Christine Kenney
Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Bucket list-- tour Brad's Tucson property, but he's kinda busy to do tours (hopefully writing vol 3 of this series), so I settled for checking his books out of the library instead. Based on what I read in Cadillac Desert about California's depredation on Arizona's claims to Colorado River water, this guy must be a water-harvesting Jedi for making it work under such arid conditions.

If you've only got 20 mins, check out his TedX or If you've got an afternoon, paging throu
Angela Greynolds
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: green
Completely changed my perspective on landscaping and storm water management. Filled with practical information on how to better manage and use the rain that falls on your property. I need to get my own copy of the book for reference and am eagerly awaiting the next rain storm so that I can start to put it into use.
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gardening
Quite a well-rounded overview of rain harvesting. It is a bit high level for my needs, but will due if I can't find a better book. I think the other books in the series will be more useful to me and I will try to get my hands on one
Dec 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shades of the Whole Earth catalog! And yet I can't BELIEVE that I haven't paid more attention to this issue before now. Why do we (collectively, here in San Diego) let our rainwater (it's free! it's fresh! it's not full of chlorine!) run down to the sea filled with junk it picks up from roofs, streets, yards, everywhere -- and then pay and pay and pay for heavily treated water from the Sierras, the Colorado River, the Sacramento lta? There is way more information in this book than I'll ever be a ...more
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I entered for this book in the hopes I would learn how to make better use of the natural resource here in the pacific northwest (rain) but when it arrived,I must say,WOW! I got so much more than I had hoped for. What a great book, well written,thoroughly researched and an amazing amount of illustrations and photographs. This is one I will not only keep and use, but will end up buying copies for family members in drier areas. Great book!
Steven Berbec
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You won't look at rainwater in the same way. Rather than watching it wash away into some drainage system Lancaster calls us to be responsible with this overabundance. We must return to harvesting what Nature has been offering us from the beginning. Rainwater is the manna of all living things and in this volume Lancaster cultivates the thirst again.
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Volumes 1&2 are fantastic resources for working with our natural resources of earth, rain and sun. I found brads descriptions and diagrams of water flow and water trapping particularly informative. These two books are a definitive resource for homesteaders.
Feb 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
His writing style loses much with his flippant granola-crunchy style, but he makes up for that with the crunch of lots of useful information. Even as a professional who does this stuff for a living, I found this book worth reading.
This would be a good resource for someone with youth, equipment, and energy, and/or someone who is starting with an unlandscaped lot. For me, it was a little too much. Super important issue, though.
Nov 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Desert Dwellers
Shelves: resource
Why don't we practice these water saving principals? This book was eye opening.
Denis Farley
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Good resource for rainwater harvesting.
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books in the world.
Mostadam Eco-Design
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: farming, to-nature, garden
Simple introduction, easy to read and exactly what i need. the photos can be a bit rearranged to fit the writing. excited to start the second volume tomorrow..
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Brad Lancaster has taught, designed, and consulted on regenerative-design systems of permaculture and integrated water-harvesting systems in seven countries since 1993. He created and lives on a thriving solar-powered 1/8th-acre (0.05-ha) urban oasis in downtown Tucson, Arizona, which harvests 100,000 gallons (378,000 liters) of rainwater a year where just 12 inches (280 mm) falls from the sky. Br ...more