With the Project:
Ekomuro Rainwater Harvesting System
This project is a collaborative partnership between Eko group Ho2+ SAS and the Science Park of the Minuto de Dios University Corporation in Colombia. Rainwater harvesting and grey-water reuse were implemented in 18 households to be used for the toilets, in the rural area of Corregimiento La Cooperativa de Mapiripan Meta. This is a community in Colombia distant from urban centres which is facing challenges concerning access to drinking water service. The grey-water reuse systems are highly efficient in the discharge of toilet waste, leading to savings of 30% of the water consumption.
Although Colombia has abundant water sources, many rural communities in the country continue to face water shortages due to deforestation that causes rivers to dry from siltation. Furthermore, many communities living in urban and rural areas are unaware of the benefits of reusing greywater from showers to flush toilets. Like many rural and marginalised communities, the community of Corregimiento La Cooperativa de Mapiripan Meta was not familiar with the importance of this practice or how to implement a water harvesting technology which helps to improve the water availability per household in the village.
A rainwater harvesting system was installed in a school situated in the selected rural area to enable 18 families to reuse their greywater. It is made of 20 l plastic bottles and is equipped with a sawyer filter for purification, providing a compact system which can be implemented easily. The bottles are connected to each other and form a structure that becomes a deposit tank of purified water. Furthermore, the grey-water shower provides a practical and eco-efficient solution to combat the water shortage.
Among the beneficiary families of the community, awareness is raised about the culture of saving water. The system has a very resistant structure and needs only little space which means that it can be installed in any type of construction. The project team was successful in engaging the community members to participate in the project implementation, thereby increasing the amount of water available to them for use, regardless of their location.
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