LeapFrog Design

Oregon Innovation Solving Growing Problems

A group of innovators in Central Oregon — LeapFrog Design — creates water treatment systems that reclaim greywater on site.

Adam displays the Smart Bench at LeapFrog Design headquarters.

Plant-Powered Solutions

It’s no coincidence that LeapFrog Design named their flagship product “the Estuary™.” After all, the combination of their Smart Bench and Treatment Planters mimics the processes that happen in real-world wetlands and creates the same end product: clean water.

In LeapFrog’s human-made version, the Estuary accomplishes the goal onsite — at individual homes. And because the greywater produced by these homes doesn’t have to be pumped to distant water treatment plants, a great deal of energy is saved in the process.

Adam, Co-Found of LeapFrog Design
We can radically reduce the amount of energy used in treating wastewater by treating it at home.
— Adam DeHeer, Co-Founder and CEO, LeapFrog Design
Nick, Co-Founder of LeapFrog Design
Both water scarcity and water pollution are huge problems in our country and around the world; water reuse solves both of them at the same time.
— Nicholas Sund, Co-Founder and & Head of Product, LeapFrog Design

Making Its Prineville Premier

Live In Oregon

LeapFrog’s Estuary is proving its worth in nearby Prineville.

Solutions for Oregon — and Beyond

LeapFrog Design's Estuary system installed at a home in Prineville, Oregon.The idea for LeapFrog Design’s Estuary has its roots in similar projects that Adam DeHeer and Nick Sund implemented in Lima, Peru, as grad students. Now headquartered in Bend, Oregon, they are bringing the same solutions to the United States, beginning right here in Oregon.

Starting Local

Central Oregon residents have long faced water scarcity and wildfire issues that are becoming increasingly common across the state — and the country. Prineville resident Ben Toops immediately saw the value in treating and storing water on site – his home hosts a LeapFrog Design installation.

Toops points out that the system can help maintain a greener landscape around the home, a bit of a luxury in arid Prineville. And the eye-pleasing greenery has practical implications too, providing a more fire-resistant zone around his home and a visual barrier, especially in circumstances where trees might need to be removed as a fire-proofing measure. The onsite water could even be used to supplement his well in the case of spot fires.

A plant-based system for treating greywater.

What’s Next for LeapFrog?

After the successful launch of their first product, the Estuary, LeapFrog is now adapting their technology for blackwater treatment as well. This will allow homeowners to clean and reuse all wastewater from their homes.

LeapFrog’s vision is that by 2030, 31,000 households will use LeapFrog systems to manage greywater reuse and blackwater treatment. This would mean 1.8 billion gallons of water conserved, $100 million in household water savings, 80,000 tons of CO2 emissions avoided, and 17 million gallons of untreated sewage discharge avoided at the end of the decade.

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