Water Infrastructure Design: All regenerative land-use systems require a range of different water catchment, storage and use systems that enable long term water sustainability that are not technology dependent. Our designs are earthwork based, cheap to establish, easy to maintain and create a long term regenerative infrastructure to support a range of ecological production systems… The following are just some of the systems we design and help implement.
Design of Regenerative Water Harvesting & Storage Earthworks on Farm in Riversdale. The Design created capacity for the harvesting and storage of 11 million liters of water in dams and rehydrated the entire farm via swales and subsoil ripping on contour. Previous to the design the farm had no water and all water harvested is from run-off from an above ridge.
Backflood Swale Dam Design in Riversdale
3 months after completion the dams were full and have remained full ever since
Regenerating Lucerne Production Feilds with Swales and Contour Subsoiling. The field is now a sponge and has zero run-off. This enables soils to regenerate and water accumulation in soils to occur, drastically reducing irrigation requirements and providing a sustainable ground water table under the fields. The Swales will now be planted to production trees in polyculture.
Subsoiler that opens up the soil without tillage and minimum disturbance to soil profile. This pattern of ripping allows water to infiltrated deeper into the soil, pulling oxygen in with it to stimulate soil building processes in the soil.
Perfect foundation for long term regenerative agricultural systems.
Restoration of degraded land into high production potential for pasture and trees…
One Day Water Harvesting Visit
We will visit your site and spend the day assessing the landscape and property as a whole for long-term water sustainabilty in the context of your aims and objectives for the property.
We will run the following practical sustainablity workshops in your community, at your business or on your farm to establish a range of permaculture based production infrastructure systems while generating the skills and knowledge base to manage and develop them.
Ferrocement Water Tank Workshops:Ferrocement water tanks are the cheapest and most durable way to store water in tanks… We run 5 to 8 day workshops (depending on the size of the tanks) that construct 25 000 to 50 000 water tanks from start to finish. These tanks have 3 to 4cm thick walls, are 30% of the price of plastic tanks and a fraction of the cost of other cement/mortar tank systems, are more durable and elegant to look at. Ferrocement technology is dynamic and using the methods and principles learned on the workshops tanks of up to 100 000 litres can be made.