Who is Uncle Tilo?
Uncle Tilo grew up in the Midwest and remembers harvesting rainwater on his family’s dairy farm up thru the mid 1970’s. He is a graduate of the South Dakota School of Mines, with a degree in Geological Engineering, and enjoyed a career in Arizona that combined both consulting and contractor skills. Some of his first projects while working for a civil engineering firm in Phoenix involved groundwater studies and the subsequent cleanup of fuel spills at gasoline stations. This eventually led to his being licensed as a well driller in Arizona for a period of 10 years. His focus on groundwater issues also moved him to later specialize in storm water management where he worked with state environmental agencies during most of the 1990’s to set standards for the protection of groundwater across the desert Southwest.
In 2009 he left the engineering work behind and moved to the Big Island of Hawaii. The calling was to return to “community”, and most of the next 5 years was dedicated to assisting in the maintenance department at a retreat center in the Puna District. Uncle Tilo lives with his partner -Archer - in Kalapana Seaview Estates community, it seems fitting that his engineering skills should again be called upon to work with water quality issues. There is a large demand for using rain catchment systems as a potable water source, both in Hawaii and around the world. So, 2017 brought Uncle Tilo’s Water Catchment business into existence to fill the need for clean water education, maintenance and water disinfection.
The quality of your water is a direct link to the quality of your life.
Who is Archer?
Archer, a woman who walked away from life as she knew it at 46, to explore the world. To live in new countries, new cultures, new tribes; experience new ways of living. Archer traveled the globe weaving through twenty two countries solo as a couch surfer, home sitter and volunteer. Traveling by bus, hick-hiking, trains, planes and automobiles. She lived, shared and contributed in more than a dozen intentional living communities in seven countries including:
Kalani Oceanside Retreat - Hawaii
Northumberland Heights - Canada
Himalayan Institute - USA
Findhorn Foundation - Scotland
Osho Leela - England
Rochelle Yoga, Greece
Exhale Yoga, Thailand
Archer received a wealth of knowledge globally in personal and community sustainability. She found a common thread that linked every living thing together; water.
When Tilo and Archer decided to purchase property in the heart of Puna together they decided it was time to find a huge problem and be part of the solution. With Tilo's Geological Engineering degree and experience with ground water in the southwest desert along with Archer's 'common thread' and living in a community of rainwater harvesters it was clear there was room for improvements.
In 2017, they started a business called Uncle Tilo’s Water Catchment and was called to offer free education to educate the rainwater catchment community in rainwater harvesting for household use and consumption. 2018 they got involved in the Hawai'i business plan competition. Although they made it to the finals they did not walk away with the grand prize of $25,000. However, they did walk away as winners in so that they learned a lot about doing business in Hawai'i and got a tremendous amount of exposure in the community. 2019 they opened a storefront in the Pahoa Marketplace and offered the state of the art water disinfection that does not require electric, has no mercury and kills - outperforming UV treatment on residential level.