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==== Maintenance Video====
==== Maintenance Video====
Refer to the La Yuca rainwater catchment [[La_Yuca_rainwater_catchment_2013|2013]] maintenance video for guidance on how upkeep a rainwater catchment system.
Refer to the La Yuca rainwater catchment [[La_Yuca_rainwater_catchment_2013#Maintenance Video|2013]] maintenance video for guidance on how upkeep a rainwater catchment system.

Revision as of 11:04, 5 August 2013

Practivistas Dominicana - Student Projects

La Yuca ecoladrillo schoolroom (2011) - La Yuca rainwater catchment (2014) (2013) (2012) (2011) - La Yuca small scale renewable energy (2014) (2012) (2011) - La Yuca schoolroom renovation (2013) - Las Malvinas ecoladrillo schoolroom (2012) - Las Malvinas botica popular hullkrete (2015) (2013) - Las Malvinas eco-block police station (2014) - Las Malvinas eco-block testing (2015) (2014) - Las Malvinas botica popular ecoladrillo (2013) - Las Malvinas rainwater catchment system (2014) (2013) - Las Malvinas rainwater feasibility study (2014) - Las Malvinas community center shade structure (2014) - Ghetto2Garden solar power (2014) (2013) - Arroyo Norte waste plastic innovations (2015) (2014) - Solar workshops (2015)

Sample photo caption.


The Practivistas Domincana Program is currently a study abroad program involving Humboldt State University and UNIBE that takes place in Santo Domingo, Domincan Republic. The rainwater catchment system in Las Malvinas in Santo Domingo was first constructed in 2011 by Intelegencia Colectivo from UNIBE. The water from this system was used for washing but was not potable.


Vandalism and two years of wear and tear has caused the system to fail in its purpose to collect rainwater. The goal is to return the system to working condition and to improve on the previous design.

Literature Review

Literature reviews from La Yuca rainwater catchment (2013) (2012) (2011) were utilized to understand and reconstruct the rainwater catchment system in Las Malvinas.


Criteria Constraints Weight
Convenient location for everything
Level of Maintenance
Necessary < 3X a year
Water Demand
enough to wash clothes for a few families
8- depends on rain
at least 1 person
Must be sturdy and clean enough for washing
finish project before we leave
Materials are all local
as inexpensive as safely possible
Long lasting design

Final Design

Reconstruction of the roof
Finished Rainwater catchment system

The final design of the rainwater catchment system in Las Malvinas consisted of reconstruction of the roof and first flush. Additionally a primary screening and PVC gutters were included in the design. The outcome consisted of a working rainwater catchment system that efficiently prevents contaminants from entering the tinaco(water storage tank).


This final design requires consistent upkeep in order to reduce the amount of contaminants.
Every Rainfall

  • First Flush should be completely drained and cleaned

Every Month

  • Primary screening must be checked for damage or clogging

Every Year

  • Tinaco (or storage tank) must be emptied of sediment and disinfected
  • Sediment must be replaced

Maintenance Video

Refer to the La Yuca rainwater catchment 2013 maintenance video for guidance on how upkeep a rainwater catchment system.


Material Quantity Material Cost (DOP) Total Cost (DOP)


June 28th 2013

Went to Las Malvinas to look at the school rainwater catchment system. Ended up with an alternative project to fix the rainwater catchment system in the Play.

June 29th 2013

Bought materials for the rainwater catchment system in the Play in Las Malvinas. Fixed the toilet/sink system, and first flush. The first screening still has to be modified.

June 30th 2013

Started Construction on the Play rainwater catchment system.

  • Removed roof
  • Fixed bent sections of the roof
  • Disassembled the rainwater catchment system
  • Cleaned the tinaco

July 1st 2013

  • Rain

July 2nd 2013

  • Rain

July 3rd 2013

  • Worked on constructing the roof
  • Worked on completing powerpoint for our project presentation

July 4th 2013

  • Presentation on our projects

July 5th 2013

  • Sancocho and dancing in Las Malvinas

July 6th 2013

  • Installed the PVC gutters
  • Drilled a hole into the cap of the tinaco for the PVC inlet
  • Created the primary screening
  • Finished constructing and gluing the first flush

July 7th 2013

  • Completed project with the addition of a faucet and adding silicone to a leak.