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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Kosovo 2018
This project involves harvesting of rain water from a nearby road, which drains and pours into the area where the project is implemented. The water harvested from a public road furnishes two reservoirs of two thousand liters, and then it overflows through an underground pipe of approximately 100 meters into a reservoir pool with a holding capacity of approximately 60 thousand litters of rain water.
When the 1.88 hectares of land were the project is implemented was purchased by Valdet Bytyqi in the year of 2015, it was partially a field. The rest was a forest in a poor state due to erosion. Heavy rainfall would bring with it debris transported by run off or minor floods. This reduced the land’s ability to yield produce more effectively.
The solution is to harvest rain water from a public road thereby opening new doors for agriculture activities that in turn increase household income. In the last two years, the harvested rainwater has made it possible for more than 300 fruit trees and plants established into their second year maturity, with some of them already producing some fruit for the need of the family.
The project of harvesting rain water from a public road is made possible through the use of simple technology and technique that enable the fruit farmers to use the harvested water that was would have otherwise wasted away or most likely caused flooding. The water harvesting initiative has not only taken care of the debris problem, but it has also has made it possible to have for fruit farmers to have enough water for watering the trees and plants during the dry months of the summer.