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There's a new Kickstarter that you might be interested in checking out. To Catch The Rain is a book of inspiring stories of communities coming together to catch their own rain, with the nitty-gritty details so you can do it as well.



It is a book for people looking to build a better future together. 

Inspiring stories: Real life accounts of catching rain in communities.
Technical details: Straightforward descriptions of rainwater system parts, replete with examples from existing systems (many from the systems described in the stories).
Math and science: Easy-to-follow math that allows readers to simply size rainwater systems, including completed examples.



We need your help to bring this book to a reality. The writing of the book is done. Now we need money for design, layout, printing, distributing, and translating.  Which is why we are asking for your financial support to make it beautiful, more accessible, and less expensive!

The content has gone through multiple reviews, including academic peer reviews and edits by friends, students, colleagues, and kind professionals. It is ready for the world!... once we raise the money and finish these last important components.



About the Author



Lonny is an Instructor at Humboldt State University; the founder of the Practivistas summer abroad, full immersion, resilient community technology program; the Advisor and project manager for Swale, the floating food forest in New York; and the President of the Appropedia Foundation. Lonny has developed courses at universities in four countries and facilitated engagements around the world. He has worked, and led teams, on hundreds of domestic and international projects across a broad spectrum of sustainable design and entrepreneurship – from solar energy to improved cookstoves, from micro-hydro to rainwater catchment, from earthen construction to plastic bottle schoolrooms. Throughout all these technology projects, he has found the most vital component to be community.

If you are interested in contributing to this worthy endeavor, please check out our Kickstarter Campaign.

Your contributions are greatly appreciated!
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Is it just me, or does that guy look like a jacked Mel Gibson?

Also, I backed it.  looks like a cool project that I want to support.
 
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Happy to back this project!
 
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This is a great project and the prices are very low.  For $36, I get a PDF plus two copies of the book, one to give away and one to keep.  His stretch goals are admirable, translation into Spanish, and next stretch is translation into a language I have never heard of, but I think it is from a very arid part of the world.  

 
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I love this forum!

Thekla: I am glad you like the project and the prices. Getting an extra as a gift is awesome!
Kim (and everyone): Thanks for backing it.
Todd: Ha. Thanks. I wish my Nana was still alive... she would 100% approve of this message. ;)

We just passed 100 contributors thanks to awesome people like you. Please let me know if you have any questions, and please continue to spread the word! (Trying to hit those stretch goals that Thekla mentions... and indeed the 3rd language will be Kiswahili from one of our colleagues in Tanzania).
 
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cool project.  are there any examples in cold weather climates in the book?
 
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Does this book have any information on making drinking water from rainwater havest?

Greets,
Josse
 
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Josse: The book does have information on making drinking water from rainwater harvest.
Peter: The coldest climate covered in the book is Northern California and Oregon. Are you looking for even colder?

Thanks!
 
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Lonny Grafman wrote:Josse: The book does have information on making drinking water from rainwater harvest.
Peter: The coldest climate covered in the book is Northern California and Oregon. Are you looking for even colder?

Thanks!



"Even colder" made me laugh.  It's been -10 to -15 here almost every night :) 
 
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Todd Parr wrote:

"Even colder" made me laugh.  It's been -10 to -15 here almost every night :) 



Yeah... there's that. (I think it is almost 60F here today!) I have made systems for that low of temperatures, but mostly they were dry systems, with sub-grade storage, to avoid freeze damage.
 
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Lonny Grafman wrote:

Todd Parr wrote:

"Even colder" made me laugh.  It's been -10 to -15 here almost every night :) 



Yeah... there's that. (I think it is almost 60F here today!) I have made systems for that low of temperatures, but mostly they were dry systems, with sub-grade storage, to avoid freeze damage.



ok, so I think that there is no cold weather (Wisconsin/Michigan) info in the book, correct?
 
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Peter Chan wrote:ok, so I think that there is no cold weather (Wisconsin/Michigan) info in the book, correct?



That is correct. There is no specific to cold weather information in the book, with the exception of how to design a dry system which avoids some of the problems of cold weather. Thanks!
 
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Oh what an awesome project. Anything rainwater catches my heart and I really love to hear practical stories. Off to back and get a copy for a gift as well. Good luck, Lonny. I think the translations are a great idea and will help you help educate so many more people.
 
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