Water Harvesting Rock Star Brad Lancaster

Spend an hour with Brad at his Tucson compound circa 2016:

He calls the 1/8th of an acre site he shares with his brother’s family, his “living laboratory”. Here he plants around the greywater from his outdoor shower, bathtub and washing machine. He captures 100,000 gallons of rainwater per year on their property and surrounding public right-of-way. He cooks with a solar oven and heats his water using a 2 salvaged, conventional gas heaters stripped of insulation, painted black, and put in an insulated box with glass facing south to collect the sun’s rays.

Via Lloyd’s blog. Thanks to Dale Benson for the tip!

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  1. Amazing! I’m going to be taking a much closer look at my home and how I can utilize resources. Thank you for posting this.

  2. I have about a 1/3 of the same contraptions that Brad has. They do fine, but there is some physical labor required. The problem I have is that when I installed a lot of these things I was 10 years younger. Few people address the fact that were all going to get older, and if we are lucky, very elderly. I can’t imagine climbing a ladder to bed at 80. Unfortunately, I’m starting to reach the limits of what I can do. I can still carry out the composting toilet bucket, but there will come a day when I will not even be able to manage a 1/4 filled one. I know that Lloyd Kahn is older than I and is still carrying on, but that will be curtailed eventually, too.

    I’ve tried to attract younger people to live here to help. I even have a separate cottage for them to live in. It is like pulling teeth and the WWOOFERs who have come have been a disaster. Any suggestions?

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