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HarvestH2o.com is dedicated to the advancement of sustainable water management practices for individuals, families, communities, and businesses.

We share knowledge and experiences in the following ways:

  • advancing specific, common-sense recommendations for water conservation
  • developing a best-practices repository in rainwater harvesting
  • sharing stories, practical tips, cautions and notes of interest
  • building on the experiences of community members who have already implemented water conservation solutions
  • developing tools, templates and guidelines for building rainwater harvesting solutions
  • educating individuals and organizations to shorten the learning process
  • creating business justifications supporting water conservation as an economic investment
  • providing a comprehensive list of vendors and products for residential and small-scale commerical water conservation projects

We work collaboratively with vendors, universities, research organizations, and most importantly, individuals across the globe to devise solutions for managing real world problems in water conservation.

All proceeds generated by the site through sponsors is used to build awareness and support the website through direct research and new articles.

If you are interested in writing an article for the website, please drop us a note. We gladly welcome articles, but please no product endorsements.

The HarvestH2o Team

Doug Pushard
founded HarvestH2o.com over 10 years ago as a personal expression of his interest in the subject of rainwater catchment and water conservation. Doug has been published and featured in several magazines, including: ARCSA Newsletter, BUILDERnews, New York Times, High Country News, Back Home, EcoStructure, Green Fire Times, Home Power, Lowe's Online, OnTap, Plenty, Santa Fe Real Estate Magazine, Santa Fean Magazine, Smart HomeOwner, SUN Monthly, Sustainable Santa Fe, Sustainable Taos, Timber Home Living, Taos News, Turf Magazine, Water Today, Fox News, Green Patriot Radio and others. Additionally, Doug has presented on rainwater and water conservation at conferences around the United States.

Doug, designs and works with home-owners and local contractors to install small-to-large residential water management systems. They work closely with homeowners and builders to maximize the water capture; while optimizing water efficiency and minimizing overall costs and required ongoing maintenance.

Doug also peforms Rainwater System Healthchecks on existing systems as well as performing onsite water audits, both indoors and outdoors.

Doug is an ARCSA Accredited Professional and an ex-Board member the American Rainwater Catchment System Association (ARCSA) and was the co-chair for the ARCSA National Conference for 2008, 2009 and 2010. Doug is an EPA WaterSense Partner with Certification in Irrigation Auditing. He is an active member of Semi-Arid Cafe and a member of the City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Committee as well as being active in the local community on water-related issues. Doug is also a certified Permaculture Designer and a member if the ICC Working Group defiining the US and Canadian standards for Rainwater Harvesting.

When not saving water, Doug and his partner, Gretchen, are avid hikers and skiers. Doug can be reached at:

Christian Sarkar was convinced by Doug that this is a good idea. He builds and manages online communities, including this one. See christiansarkar.com.


HarvestH2o is proud to work with a great group of companies and people in the industry. Below are several of the partners we work with locally.

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October 2015

In Drought-Ridden
California, the
Classic Lawn
Loses Ground

Going local to solve Mexico City's water crisis

U.S. Has Reached 52 Percent Drought

Recycling saves water

September 2015

Microbeads Entering Our Water Daily Could Cover 300 Tennis Courts

August 2015

'Bug-killing book' that cleans up to 100 litres of murky water passes field trials

How California Is Winning the Drought

Natural Uranium Contamination in Major U.S. Aquifers Linked to Nitrate

July 2015

Community resilience in face of drought

Water Crisis Brings Out Puerto Rico’s Creative Side

Less than Zero

How federal dollars are financing the water crisis in the West

13 ways to provide water and sanitation for nine billion people

California Is Sitting On The Solution To Its Drought Problem

Drought Sends U.S. Water Agency Back to Drawing Board

Should we learn to live without water

Don't let Texas' excess water go to waste

On Parched Navajo Reservation, ‘Water Lady’ Brings Liquid Gold

June 2015

Parched Southwest looks closely at turning salt water into fresh water

May 2015

Farmers Agree to Water Cuts in California

Your Contribution to the California Drought

Water Pricing in Two Thirsty Cities: In One, Guzzlers Pay More, and Use Less

Drought’s Extremes Tallied at Record-Low Lake Mead

April 2015

Drought Frames Economic Divide of Californians

Water Efficiency Rating Score (WERS) Program Wins Sustainable Santa Fe Award

Drought is not just a California problem

Mighty Rio Grande Now a Trickle Under Siege

There's A Simple Way To Make A Big Dent In California's Drought. Why Aren't Government Officials Promoting It?

California Imposes First Mandatory Water Restrictions to Deal With Drought

March 2015

It’s time to get serious about the California drought

California Has One Year of Water Left

The Southwestern Water Wars

Draft ASPE Standard - Electrochemical Drinking Water Treatment Systems

February 2015

Lawns v oysters

Portland is now powered by water pipes and flushing toilets

U.S. 'Megadroughts' Are Likely Later This Century, Study Finds

New Dangers Found In Produced Water

Florida's Water Waste Prompts Look at Recyling

Dirty California Water Linked To Obesity

Researchers Call For Changes In 50-Year-Old Drinking Water Standards

January 2015

Onwards to a future of grey and black water

Rain, rain, don't go away

First Ever Performance-Based Comparative Water Use Rating Tool for Home Builders

Big Fracking Question: Is Our Drinking Water at Risk

New SWIFT fund will pump millions into water projects in Texas

Water plan tackles critical issue of supply and demand

Reclaimed Water May Cut Need for Fertilizer

National – States React to New Era of Water Scarcity

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Fun Facts


  1. How do you harvest rainwater?
  2. Where do you get the water?
  3. What is the best way of harvesting rain?
  4. Why should I harvest rainwater?
  5. Do I need pumps to harvest rainwater?
  6. Can I use drip irrigation or soaker hoses with a rainwater?
  7. How big a yard can I water?
  8. How big are rain barrels?
  9. I want more pressure, how should I raise it?
  10. Can I water my grass with rainwater?

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