Water Projects

RAINWATER HARVESTING

During rainy season, large amounts of water run down the mountains of Haiti and into the sea. This is where HCDP turns to a time tested method known as rainwater harvesting. Rainwater harvesting is a proven and effective means of water conservation. It works by collecting rainwater from the rooftops of buildings during a rainstorm. The water runs off the roof and into gutters that transport the water to be stored in a large tank or cistern. This clean water can then be used for drinking and watering crops and livestock.

 

Click here for a video demonstrating a rainwater harvesting system in Haiti.

 

img_3233WELL DRILLING

Pictured here is the Bayonaisse well. The drilling was funded by an organization called the Living Water Project.

Before this well was dug, the people living in Bayonaisse used river water. They would dig a hole in the river bed to catch water. This ‘City water’ from the top of the mountain would frequently be contaminated. Sometimes, people would have dead chickens or other animals float in. Upstream, people put trash in river, and people would get sick. Now for the first time, people can get clean water. And it is accessible. Previously, people had to pay the city H$10 (US$1.25) for 1 gallon; for many that was the equivalent to a day’s wages. People would fight every year to get water because of so many problems. Now, the water is free. And its quality is much better.