Water Works

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.

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.

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