Permaculture Update: Part Two

Well, it did not take long for our new “pond” to fill.

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Overnight it filled with another 20-30 mm of rainfall. Now in the last 6 days we are approaching 150 mm (6 inches) of rain. Now I am thinking less about swales and more about drains. This building is at the foot of a slope and has received a lot of water in the past.

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The rubble road we are building also acts as a drain for this building made of steel and wood – neither of which like water.

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The water flows away from the shed and also away from the house, which suffers from serious drainage issues at the moment.

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The swale has actually decreased the amount of water flowing through this gate and down the drive toward the house. That alone is a huge benefit of the swale.

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Closer to home, the drain I finished last weekend is working well. It takes the water coming down the concrete pad next to the house…

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…and directs it under the house…

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…through a bicycle water bottle adapter (no joke) and into novoflow flexible piping under the house and out the other side.        Screen shot 2015-04-13 at 11.27.05 AM

With water it always seems like too much or too little, and the climate scientists warn us that we’ll be getting more of both in the future. Buckle up for a bumpy ride.


Peace, Estwing

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