An IEC calendar on water harvesting technology (WHT) in 2016 inspired Baguio City’s multi-awarded environmentalist, Dr. Julie Cabato to put up a unique water harvesting structure made out of indigenous and recycled materials.

The calendar promoted and documented the water harvesting technologies in Regions 1 and the Cordillera Administrative Region.

Dr. Julie Cabato got hold of the calendar in December 2016 and started conceiving a water harvesting structure that would capture and store rain water for her extensive plant collection, as well as for the Baguio City park in Trancoville which she is voluntarily tending.

Finally, in 2017, she put up a water harvesting structure made of indigenous materials like twigs and recycled plastics with cement. The structure is a fusion of the different water harvesting technologies featured in the calendar.

Simple as it is, the water harvesting structure is truly useful and has a rustic beauty. The twigs and branches were arranged in such a way that a channel is formed at the middle of the ceiling.

This ensures that water will run to the channel when it rains and fall to the next part of the water harvesting structure, which is a system of small cemented canals that irrigate the various parts of the garden.

The biggest canal can be plugged to store water for dry months. A small machine pumps out water from this storage a green hose that waters far corners of the garden which cannot be reached by the canals including hanging plants.

Six watering cans are on hand, beside the canal used for water storage, for use in watering parts of the garden such as the succulent and cacti garden, an anthurium and orchids garden featuring rare species, indigenous shrubs garden and ornamental plants garden.

The Baguio City park also benefits from the yields of the water harvesting structure especially during summer months when there is shortage of water in the City of Baguio.

A year later, Dr. Cabato requested for old copies of the calendar.

She said that they just cut off the “date” portion of the calendars and used the copies to instruct their environmental classes on water harvesting technologies.

She praised the WWRRDEC for having produced such a useful IEC tool and said that she is looking forward to other IEC calendars on WWRRDEC technologies.

The Center will continue monitoring this adoption of the water harvesting technologies in the coming months. Minda S. Odsey, WWRRDEC