Las Malvinas rainwater catchment system

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Background

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.

Objective

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

Criteria Constraints Weight
(1-10)
Accessibility
Convenient location for everything
8
Level of Maintenance
Necessary < 3X a year
8
Water Demand
enough to wash clothes for a few families
8- depends on rain
Educational
at least 1 person
7
Safety
Must be sturdy and clean enough for washing
9
Time
finish project before we leave
10
Materials
Materials are all local
8
Cost
as inexpensive as safely possible
8
Durability
Long lasting design
8

Timeline

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

July 2nd 2013

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

  • Finished constructing roof

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.

Final Design

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