Water Works

This video supported our first Social Media campaign, called "Water & a Forest for every Village". This video has helped further our vision of reforesting Vilcabamba valley, and beyond. It is helpful for learning the concept of rainwater conservation, called "Water Retention Landscaping" or "water harvesting". We have been using the term "agua ayni" which implies a relationship of mutual respect for the land, not just taking, taking, taking!

"Ayni" is a Quechua term. The closest word for it in English is "reciprocity". We are giving water back to the land.

Water conservation is top priority. The basic idea is retaining rainwater on the land, slowing it and spreading it, allowing it to penetrate into the soil, making it possible to use every drop. This system at Vida Verde captures rainwater from the road above and uses a series of sediment tanks to filter the water, where it can then be directed to a system of swales, small canals that have a slight slope, so gravity can be used to spread the water. Alternatively, the water can be directed to the fish pond after filtering.

These sediment tanks (rectangular) capture rainwater runoff from the farm and road above. They are shallow (about 60 cm/2 ft.), making it easy to enter and dig sediment out. Compost piles are located to the right and left of these tanks, so we can easily incorporate the sediment into the compost piles.

Fish pond. sediment tanks


Basic design for re-using "greywater" which is "waste water" from sinks and washing machine in the house to irrigate ornamentals and fruit trees. Turn "waste" into a resource.