Polythene Waste for Rain Water Harvesting


A major problem on the Ashesi Farm is constant water supply to the maintain plant growth. After several brainstorming sessions, the team discovered that there could be a solution which would solve two problems: improper waste management (polyethene waste) and poor irrigation on the farm. The solution that was born was the use of polyethene waste, specifically ‘pure water’¬†sachets, create a mechanism for rainwater harvesting.

About 400 pure water sachets were procured from a single person’s consumption of “pure water.” These sachets were sewn together by a local seamstress in Berekuso into a canvas that will be used as water collection surface.

Some members of the farm team started experimenting with local materials to create the first prototype.

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