La Ceiba, Morolica, Honduras
The experience of "rainwater harvest" proposed by PROSADE is a response to water shortages in communities such as La Ceiba, municipality of Morolica, at the top of the micro basin El Cacao.Due to its geographical location, the people of this community do not have adequate access to water sources; its inhabitants are supplied in streams and "water springs" kilometers away from their homes; and in summer the situation worsens, as they have to resort to puddles that were as remaining in the streams, which are contaminated by livestock and agricultural activities in the area.
Rain Water Harvesting, is based not only on the recollection and storage of water, but also in the efficient handling of this fluid for use at home, in response to the pressing reality of scarcity of it in this community. As an obvious result, beneficiaries have safe water for domestic use, with a significant reduction of economic and social cost, using a simple and innovative technology that improves health and community development opportunities. Before this experience, water in times of rain simply passed through.
One of the main factors of success of the "rainwater harvest" Experience is the will, commitment and honesty of the people to manage the available resources for the development of this experience in order to solve their daily problems, in this case the shortage of safe water for human use in the community of La Ceiba, Morolica.
Why harvest rainwater?
Rainfall in the dry corridor currently ranges between 700 mm and 1,100 mm, which are discharged into irregular periods.
A rainy season 6 months and a dry season of 6 months with a canícula (heat wave) during the months of July and August.
The corredor seco has a low availability of surface for water supply for human consumption and irrigation sources.
Due to climate change it is estimated that by 2050 there will be a reduction of up to 13% in rainfall and an increase in temperature. These changes will result in reduced availability of water resources.
- The collection of rainwater in bags of AMANCO geomembrane, can improve food security of families beneficiaries from this system.
- Rainwater is used in winter time to irrigate staple foods in arid or dry environments.
- The rainwater can be stored for up to 4 months in the Geomembrane.
- The retention volume is variable, the storage capacity is from 9000 to 25,000 liters (2377 to 6604 gallons) and has a shelf life of 25 years (in normal conditions).
Advantages of rainwater:
- Sustainable solution
- Human consumption and irrigation