When speaking of water conservation, the average person probably thinks about brushing their teeth and taking showers. With volunteers coming throughout the year to learn about better management of our environmental resources we must consider the same ideas.
To manage our daily use we employ a variety of tools and tactics.
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Hand Wash Stations
Our hand wash stations are slightly famous though the idea predates the oldest volunteer in Sadhana Forest. Simply take any vessel and put a hole in it, and then pour as much water as is needed. The water then percolates out at rate suitable for washing/rinsing and not excessively. We make these from metal cups, plastic bottles, and coconut shells. It can be done anywhere that hands are washed, including a modern home.
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Protecting Our Water Resources
In Sadhana Forest Haiti we aim to only use biodegradable products. Biodegradable products are not available locally, so we depend on people who come and stay with us to bring it from abroad. We try to always have a supply of biodegradable soaps at our disposal. We try to only use these products to protect all of those who use the water, be they plant, animal, or human.
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A sponge is a Permaculture technique that involves a hole in the ground that is filled with a lot of water and organic material. On the periphery of the hole, plants that enjoy this type of environment are planted. The sponge acts as a reservoir that dries out at a slower rate due to the combined organic mass within. Combining our hand wash with a sponge equals a nearly zero waste washing system.