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Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond with Brad Lancaster

  • Sep 8, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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Turning Drains Into Sponges and Water Scarcity Into Water Abundance!

Please join Green Calgary and Verge Permaculture for this inspiring presentation by water harvesting guru Brad Lancaster. Brad is the author of the two-volume Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond – and during his presentation you will have the opportunity to learn the eight universal principles of water harvesting along with simple strategies that turn water scarcity into water abundance.

Brad's presentation will leave you feeling inspired and empowered to create integrated water-sustainable landscape plans for your home and throughout your community.

Tickets $10 Members / $20 General Admission
(Calgary Dollars tickets will be available at the event - email [masked] to reserve your spot)

Rainwater harvesting is the process of capturing rain and making the most of it as close as possible to where it falls. Greywater harvesting is the process of directing water from household sink, bathtub, shower, and washing-machine drains into the soils of the landscape where the water is naturally filtered and reused to generate more on-site resources. The two work hand in hand, and can reduce our water consumption by 30 to 50%!

You’ll see examples enhancing local food security, passively cooling cities in summer, reducing costs of living and energy consumption, controlling erosion, averting flooding, reviving dead waterways, minimizing water pollution, building community, creating celebration, and more.

Living downtown in the desert city of Tucson, Arizona, where rainfall is less than 305 mm annually, Brad harvests more than 379,000 liters of rainwater a year on a property of just 0.05 ha.! He and his brother Rodd use that water to nourish an urban oasis in the middle of one of the drie­­st cities in the U.S. - an oasis cooled by living air conditioners of food-bearing shade trees and filled with abundant gardens, in a thriving landscape that includes habitat for wildlife.

Copies of Brad's two-volume Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond books will be available for purchase and signing at the event - bring some cash!


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  • Danielle

    Brilliant! Fascinating and entertaining :D

    September 10, 2012

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