A rainwater catchment and irrigation system has been installed on the HI Mexico demonstration farm in Jonotla. The land does not have access to the city water system, so rainwater catchment is a great way to ensure a consistent supply of water.

John and Arizsandy pose after installing one of their new spigots. The entire land can be watered by connecting a hose to the taps.

Having a consistent source of water is critical for nursing seedlings and young plants. Plus, it’s very refreshing!

Gutters from the shelter are fed into a 1,100 liter water tank, which sits at the top of the land. After only three rains, the tank is already full!

A fine mesh net filters the water to prevent leaves and large debris from entering the system.

A pipe from the tank runs underground to three taps on the land.