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Information and background reading for Laundry to Landscape Lecture and Workshop.

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Laundry to Landscape Graywater Workshop

Tuesday June 15th
11 am to 4 pm
Geared towards professionals interested in installing greywater systems under California's new greywater standard

Sponsored by City of Santa Barbara and Goleta Water District


Workshop logistics

Cost: $30 registration fee, lunch included. Space is limited, register today!

Location: Residence in Santa Barbara. Exact address will be given with registration.

The workshop will consist of a mix of interactive discussion of what's in front of us and hands-on demonstrations/work on the land. Wear work clothes and bring gloves and shovels.
Most instruction will be in English, but Art has years of exposure to job site Spanish in the US and Mexico and can provide clarifications as needed in Spanish.



To register, please contact Alison Jordan at, or call (805) 564-5574.


What the Workshop Will Explore

The workshop will describe recent changes in Santa Barbara greywater policy and California state code that will open up the installation of simple, practical greywater installation to professionals as never before.

An entire Laundry to landscape  system will be installed at a residence in Santa Barbara, from start to finish. The workshop will include all the practical details on how to install Laundry to landscape , the simplest, least expensive, lowest effort way to irrigate with residential greywater, and the most economically and ecologically viable to install professionally.

Other topics:


Helpful Preparation

Create an Oasis with Grey Water book cover.

The more of the background info below you understand (or have been exposed to) before coming, the more you will get out of the workshop.

The following is worth reading all the way through:

This stuff will add more depth if you can scan or read any of it:

If you are interested in policy, check out these pages:


About the instructors

Laura Allen is a founding member of Greywater Action and has spent a decade exploring low-tech, urban sustainable water solutions. She has a BA in Environmental Science, a teaching credential and a masters in education from New College of CA. She is a co-editor of the anthology Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Underground. Laura leads classes and workshops on urban ecological sanitation technologies of rainwater harvesting, greywater reuse and composting toilets. Laura also works with the Greywater Alliance to help remove institutional barriers to sustainable water use.

Andrea Lara grew up in the foothills of Northern California, the daughter of a plumber. After studying Neuroscience at Pitzer College, and teaching after-school science programs, she entered the plumbing trade. Witnessing the wanton waste of high end plumbing Andrea decided to put her plumbing skills to better use, and joined Greywater Action. She's led workshops and constructed greywater systems in the SF Bay Area, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

Ecological Systems Designer Art Ludwig has worked on water and wastewater systems, edible landscaping natural architecture, and improved building codes since 1980. His specialty is complex, integrated "systems of systems." Art has studied and worked in 22 different countries, consulted for the states of New York and New Mexico and California on water reuse policy, and given dozens of lectures and workshops. On in 2008, his book Water Storage-book was the #1 plumbing book, and his book Oasis greywater-book was the #1 landscape book.


More Info

Can't attend the workshop? Want more information? Check out our books and DVDs.

Laundry 2 landscape-video Instructs how to install a Laundry to Landscape system from start to finish. Play back Art's presentation any time you want!

Oasis greywater-book Instructions on how to install many greywater systems, including Laundry to Landscape and Radical Plumbing.

Builder's GW Guide-book Information targeted to professional builders and inspectors.

Wild water wisdom-article Understanding how nature processes and reuses "wastes" is integral to designing any ecological wastewater system.

More books, downloads and other information in our Catalog.