Newsletter #8 - April 2022

It’s been a busy start to 2022 at LeapFrog Design. We’re excited to update you on all the changes and how we’re growing!

Last year, we completed lab and field testing of our natural water recycling technology, filed a provisional patent, and raised our first round of investment. This year, we’re building on that momentum, pushing our technology further, and preparing for our first commercial pilots this summer!

Product launch coming this summer

We've been hard at work dialing in the design and functionality of our treatment system—making it easy to install, easy to maintain, and easy to look at—and all powered by natural treatment processes we've refined over the last two years of development. We look forward to sharing more details in the coming months.

New headquarters

We’re excited to announce that we’re moving to Bend, Oregon! Our local hub of outdoor adventure and craft beer is also one of the driest places in the Pacific Northwest, and it will now serve as our base of operations as we bring the first natural home water recycling system to market.Since the beginning of our work from the landscape architecture program at the University of Oregon, we’ve been developing our ecological water treatment system in Eugene, Oregon. With new projects in the pipeline, we sought new space to expand our team and operations. Join us in celebrating this milestone in our company’s development.

Kicking off next Phase II R&D

In addition to our new digs, we’re proud to have earned $1 million in grant funding from the National Science Foundation to support continued R&D and product refinements as we bring our water reuse solution to market.See the official grant info here.

Expanding our focus

We are also partnering with Richard’s Rainwater to investigate treatment solutions for rainwater harvesting across the United States. Rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling are very complementary systems—one expands water your water supply while the other extends it. By developing technologies for both, we aim to provide a complete water solution for sustainable, high-performance homes.

What we're reading

The Mercury News: As California's drought worsens, Governor Newsom orders local water agencies to implement stricter water conservation measures.

Source Weekly: The Confederated Tribe of Warm Springs' water treatment plant was out of service last week. As situations like this become more common around the country, decentralized household-scale water reuse can take the strain off aging infrastructure and extend limited community water supplies.