Book Review: “Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond” by Brad Lancaster

Book Review: “Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond” by Brad Lancaster

If you’re based in Namibia, where water scarcity is a pressing issue, or if you simply have an interest in sustainable water management, then “Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond” by Brad Lancaster is a must-read. This classic book offers a comprehensive guide to harnessing one of our planet’s most precious resources – rainwater – and using it wisely in arid regions and beyond.


Brad Lancaster’s book is a treasure trove of knowledge for anyone looking to implement rainwater harvesting systems. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced water conservationist, this book provides valuable insights, practical tips, and a wealth of case studies to illustrate the principles of rainwater harvesting.

Key Takeaways

  • Understanding the Basics: Lancaster starts by explaining the fundamentals of rainwater harvesting. From the importance of capturing rainwater to the science behind it, he ensures that readers grasp the core concepts.
  • Designing Your System: The book delves into the design aspects of rainwater harvesting, offering guidance on choosing the right catchment surfaces, calculating water yield, and designing storage systems.
  • Planting for Sustainability: One of the unique aspects of Lancaster’s approach is his emphasis on integrating water-harvesting techniques with landscaping and plant selection. He provides insights into choosing drought-resistant plants and creating vibrant, sustainable landscapes.
  • Community and Environmental Impact: Lancaster doesn’t just focus on individual water harvesting systems. He also highlights the broader societal and environmental benefits of rainwater harvesting, such as reduced erosion, increased groundwater recharge, and enhanced biodiversity.

Case Studies and Real-Life Examples

Throughout the book, Lancaster peppers the information with real-life examples and case studies from around the world. While these examples may not all be directly applicable to Namibia, they have proven themselves in ares with similar rainfall patterns and thus provide valuable inspiration and ideas for adapting rainwater harvesting techniques to your specific context.

Metric System Integration

It’s worth noting that Lancaster’s book primarily uses the imperial system for measurements. However, the principles and concepts can easily be translated into metric units, making it accessible and applicable for readers in Namibia and other metric-using regions.


“Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond” by Brad Lancaster is a timeless guide that empowers individuals and communities to tackle water scarcity in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner. Whether you’re a homeowner looking to reduce your water bill or a community leader seeking solutions to water challenges, this book is an indispensable resource. Lancaster’s passion for water conservation shines through every page, making it an engaging and informative read. So, grab your copy, and start your journey toward sustainable water management today!

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Image Credit: Screenshot of the writers own book on Kindle

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