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Water Harvesting for Urbanites - May 2012 Lecture Series

May lecture of the Living With the Sun - Az. Style series

Solar and sustainability is more than those pieces of equipment on the roof. The site, landscaping, and resource smart usage are a critical part of the equation in living in a desert condition. Water is a critical and important element when it comes to living sustainably in the arid Valley of the Sun.

Learn about water harvesting from a local permaculture practitioner - Don Titmus.

- Learn about various water resources
-- water, grey water and rainwater;
-- the best and the worst for your plants and your life.
- Learn how to connect all these sources for best results.
- Learn about various uses and strategies - how to marry grey-water and rainwater harvesting earthworks.
- Learn about the connection of these with food production, shading, fiber, fuel, habitat enhancement, and sanctuary - the creation of a personal oasis.
- Learn various techniques of water catchment from buckets to rain barrels to cisterns and when to use them; when to store water and when not to.
Many of your questions will be answered during the presentation and in the question and answer session.

Don Titmus, a horticulturalist for 37 years and a Valley Permaculturalist for 8 years, brings his experience and recognized expertise to this talk. He has designed and implemented a Permaculture homesite in Mesa, Arizona, with extensive water harvesting and distribution applications. Don's knowledge has been shared through numerous tours and educational workshops and classes in extensive water, storage, and applications, as the primary teacher of the East Valley Permaculture Guild and of the 72 hr. Permaculture Design Course.

The program is free and open to the public; no reservations are needed.

Scottsdale Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Rd. (NW corner of McDowell and Granite Reef, behind the convenience store)

Dan Aiello - Arizona Solar Center, Inc. / Arizona Solar Energy Association
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The Living With the Sun - Az. Style 2012 lecture series is put on by the Az. solar Center an Az. nonprofit collaborative ( and the Az. Solar Energy association (State Chapter of ASES - the American Solar Energy Society) under the auspices of the Scottsdale Green Building Program.

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