Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Simple Rainwater Catchment Systems

A rainwater catchment system being built at the home of a member of MPP (Decil Exil, far left). The Road to Life Yard crew has been involved in building around 40 of these systems throughout the Papaye-Bassin Zim area over the last five years. Recipients provide most of the labor. This includes digging a hole approximately 9 feet X 9 feet X 3 1/2 feet deep . Recipients also provide all of the sand, gravel and rock and water for mixing cement.
When we first started building these systems six years ago, they cost around $US 150.00 for all purchased materials. We recently made new calculations based on current prices and it looks like purchased materials now cost around $US 277.00 for one system, which includes around twenty-five feet of gutters and a cistern which holds around 9 cubic yards of rainwater. Folks are using the stored water in numerous ways, but in particular, for producing vegetables on a continuous basis. Owners add tilapia fish to control mosquitoes.
We have at least two new MPP community groups interested in working with this technique (which comes from an organization in southern Honduras called COSECHA). The Road to Life Yard crew is beginning to help them put together project proposals which they will submit to the Presbyterian Hunger Program.
If you or your congregation is interested in knowing more, please let us know.

1 comment:

julia said...

Mark, (and Jenny)
Hello from your fellow MSU alum. I hope you are doing well. I can see that you are doing good! Mike P. connected me with your blog and told me about your work in Haiti. I am teaching part-time at the U of Idaho. Mostly, I focus on environmental justice and natural resource sociology. So... right now I am putting together a course based on International Case studies in EJ. I am wondering if I can focus on your project as a positive just sustainability project. These case studies are sort of a packet of info for the students to explore -- so this one might include basic info on Haiti, info on permaculture, info on your specific project and perhaps a transcript of an on-line interview with you and Jenny.
What do you think?
Your projects look great. And, I got to see photos of your baby too. Great! I hope you'll be in touch.

Julia Parker
jdparker@uidaho.edu

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