Soil cement irrigation ponds/tanks — 6 Comments

  1. Appreciate your good work!
    Can we replace the cement sand bags with lime mud jute bags? They would be more eco friendly and economical as well.

  2. I love this idea. I wanted to install a pond on my property and this way looks much more affordable and manageable than the other options I was exploring. Depending on the size, manual labor can also be used to complete the process. In Ghana, aside from the labor, the cement, dirt and bags would cost less than US$175.

    • That’s a LOT of water for $175. It’s enough to water a big garden and orchard and pets.

      In some countries there are government farm subsidies and/or coops to defray the cost of farm ponds. Sometimes there is a village or district coop that work together to pay part of the excavation. The excavator gets their gas and labor covered and they in turn can sell the excavated soil to raise building sites. Fly over Thailand for instance and you’ll thousands of ponds like this everywhere, so there are probably millions in the whole country.

  3. Earthbags have dozens of uses as we’ve thoroughly documented here on our blog. Sooner or later one or more of these ideas will really catch on and go viral. In a country like India, for example, there are countless thousands of these ponds. Do a google image search and you’ll see most of India has drought conditions and so farmers must save up water during the rainy season to get by.

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