The project is centered on an old, underground rainwater collection cistern. The cistern will be used as the main water source for irrigation at the site.
|Cistern located at the Citizens for a Better South Florida Bungalow|
The irrigation layout includes a weather-based irrigation timer, the landscape grouped into hydro-zones, and temporary, low-volume irrigation. Initially, the system will be used to establish new, low-maintenance and native plants and later only in the event of extreme drought. It will also serve to demonstrate for visitors and the community that, with a little planning, re-used water can fuel an efficient irrigation design.
|Jesus Lomeli (UCU tech) talks smart irrigation|
After a half-day of trenching and pipe-laying, phase one of the cistern preparation project is complete. All of this was only possible thanks to the large volunteer turnout from University of Miami’s Engineers without Borders and help from a water tech from UF.
|Volunteers trenching it up!|
We'll definitely keep you posted as the project moves forward.