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    Harvesting Water

    Harvesting Water

    by MarionHook

    Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset [RCBUS} will initiate water harvesting in the arid Karangasem region as its newest project.  Water harvesting is the collection of rainwater runoff in order to provide water for use by humans, animals, or crops.  RCBUS water harvesting methods are of little or no cost and will help alleviate some of the water shortage problems in this area.  Rain is:

    • Free
    • Good for plants and animals
    • Can be used by humans AFTER it is boiled
    • Helps replenish ground water
    • Improves the environment
    • Adds to the water supply in general
    • Reduces the need for trucked water

    OLLA (pronounced oy-yah) POTS

    Olla pots are an ancient method of irrigation that has been used for over 4,000 years. The pots are a very cost effective,efficient watering system.Ollas are large, round, unglazed clay pots that have a neck.  Wide pots are the most efficient. To irrigate your garden or individual plant, bury the Olla in soil leaving the neck exposed.If you plant seeds or plants around the buried Olla, radius is based on the size of the pot. The pots usually hold about 6 liters of water, but they can be any size.  They should be buried no further than 45 cm from the plants in need of water.  Fill the Olla with water, place a rock on the neck of the pot to prevent evaporation of the water and let the pot water your plants.  It works because the unglazed clay is porous. After a few hours water slowly seeps out through the clay wall of the pot, directly irrigating roots or seeds around the pots.  In time the plants’ roots will literally wrap around the pot. The plants use of the water. There is no evaporation of water because the water source is in the ground. Plants can’t be over or under watered because they will take only what water they need.  The pots will need to be filled once or twice a week. Because the top of the Olla pot extends above ground,it can be refilled as water is absorbed.

    The benefits of Olla irrigation are:

    • Water delivered directly to the root zone
    • No runoff or evaporation problems
    • Plants receive consistent moisture
    • Inexpensive
    • Easy to use
    • No need for water pressure or pump


    This passive watering system is well suited for trees and large plants.  Simply choose a tree or plants that you wish to water. Dig a shallow, sloping trench around a plant or tree.   The radius of the circle should about 91 centimeters. Start digging the trench at ground level and slope it to the tree trunk where the trench should be about 7 centimeters deep.  Surround the circular trench with a layer or two of stacked rocks, each the size of a fist or a bit larger.  Rainwater will be captured in the trench and sink slowly into the ground, watering the tree or large plant instead of creating a fast runoff.

    Water harvesting can also occur it small, stone lined basins are placed between smaller plants.  Such basins will capture the rainwater, keeping it from becoming runoff while slowly watering the roots of the plants.

    The benefits of water basin irrigation are:

    • Water delivered directly to the root zone
    • Reduced runoff or evaporation problems
    • Plants receivemore consistent moisture
    • Inexpensive
    • Easy to use
    • No need for water pressure or pump


    A rain barrel is a large container that can be used to collect water during a rainstorm.  It can be made of plastic, metal, glazed pottery or even bamboo lined with plastic sheeting.  Place the rain barrel in a place where there is a vigorous runoff of water when it rains known as the catchment area.  This could be by the corner of a building with a pitched roof or by rock or land formations that have runoff channels.  After the barrel has been chosen, choose a material for a gutter.  The gutter will be used to direct the runoff water from the catchment area into the rain barrel.  Gutters can be made of PVC piping, bamboo or tin bent to form a V shape.  Attach the gutter in the catchment area where it will capture the most amount of rain fall.  For example, attach the gutter along the edge of a roof that slopes downward to the barrel.  As it rains, the runoff from that section of the roof will be captured in the barrel.  Remember to cover the opening of the rain barrel with fine mesh or cloth and secure it.  This is to prevent debris from entering the collected water.  It will also prevent mosquitoes from laying their eggs in the water.  With a simple rain barrel, the water can be dipped out and used to water plants and animals and for humans to use to bathe. If the water is to be used for human consumption, it must be boiled for a minimum of 3 minutes.

    If you would like to know more about water harvesting, no matter where you live, pleasecontact http://rotarybaliubudsunset.org.

    If you would interested in joining this dynamic group of people who love Bali and work to help the people who live here, information to do so can be found at http://rotarybaliubudsunset.org/how-to-become-an-rcbus-member/.

    Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset – People of Action

    by MarionHook

    Who are the people who are members of Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset [RCBUS]? We are people of action, people who want to be impactful in our communities, people who want to create sustainable, positive change around the world, in our community and in ourselves. Over the next few months, we would like to introduce you to these people who make a substantial difference in Bali. Some of us live in Ubud: others live in other areas of the island. To accommodate everyone, we alternate meeting places between Pukako Bisma, a panini shop in Ubud www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g297701-d16724835-Reviews-Pukako_Panini_Coffee-Ubud_Gianyar_Regency_Bali.html and Warong Legong, a restaurant in Keramas www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurant_Review-d4274987?m=19905.

    Using these two eateries as meeting places highlights RCBUS’ renewed efforts to support local businesses. As you read in the previous article, Kadek Erawan, RCBUS member, owns Warong Legong. Abe Satria, another RCBUS member, owns Pukako Bisma. Abe is a former Rotaract [a service, leadership professional and community service arm of Rotary International for men and women between the ages of 18 and 30] who joined RCBUS. Married and the father of 2 children, Abe is an active businessman in the Ubud hospitality community. He was born in Denpasar and is active in community social projects that are based in Ubud.

    Abe receives special recognition for participating in a RCBUS meeting.

    Hans Joachim Schmid is one of RCBUS’ newest members. Hans was born in Munich, Germany, where he also attended Ludwig Maximilian University, graduating with a degree in computer science. Before coming to Bali in 2007, Hans served as CEO of BMW Bank and BMW Financial Services worldwide. He then became a partner in various consulting and software companies in the automotive finance industry.

    Hans retired in 2018 and with his wife, moved permanently to Seminyak. They have 3 children and 2 grandchildren, all living in various parts of southern Germany. All 5 of them visit Bali as often as possible. Hans also enjoys traveling, riding motorbikes, and mountain climbing here in Bali.

    Although he is a new member RCBUS, Hans is definitely a person of action. He is a liaison between RCBUS and Rotary clubs in Germany, working diligently to form international partnerships. He worked through German clubs to support RCBUS’s Sewing for Living project. Hans is a champion of the Wehea Project which focuses on preserving the rainforests and endangered wildlife of the Wehea Forest Area of Kalimantan. Locally, Hans is actively involved in the Kedampal Water Project and the Bali Sehat clinic project. Hans sold masks in Germany that were produced by RCBUS’ Sewing for Living project. He has also traveled to East Bali to help RCBUS members distribute food to those families in need, particularly during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

    Hans Scmiid, third from the right, being initiated into RCBUS

    Marion Hook and her late husband, Jim, retired to Bali in 2019. Marion was born in Connecticut in the US but has also lived in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Arizona. She lived with her family in Jakarta in 1982. Her daughters now live on different continents. One lives in Australia, the other in the US.

    Marion began her career as a high school English teacher and has taught Shakespeare to teenagers, ESL to little kids and to corporate engineers, communication skills to dislocated steel workers and cooking classes to kids and adults.   She has also directed not for profits in Pittsburgh, PA and in Milwaukee, WI. She enjoys good conversation, meeting people, travel, music – particularly jazz and rock ’n roll, cooking, good food and new experiences.

    Marion joined RCBUS in 2019. She, too, is a person of action, enthusiastically helping to raise funds many RCBUS projects including the chopper machine for Rumah Kompos Taro, healthy day clinics for Bali Sehat and supplies for Sewing for Living. Some of those efforts have connected RCBUS with other Rotary clubs as far away as Florida, USA. She is compiling information on low or no cost methods of water harvesting, methods that can be taught to agriculturalists in the arid mountain regions of Bali. She helps to find raffle prizes, serves on the Fundraising Committee and chairs the Membership Committee which has accepted 4 new RCBUS members in the past year.

    Marion, center, visiting the Sewing for Living project

    Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset – People of Action

  • Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset – People of Action
  • Supporting Others
  • New Rotary Year Get Ready for the New Normal
  • Disaster Respond Aid Covid-19 March – April 2020
  • Postpone – Chili Cook Off at Melting Pot Ubud 22th March 2020
  • Women Supporting Women
  • Jim Hook Memories
  • Wonderful Heart of Julia Parini
  • Backpack for Children, by Bali Children’s Project
  • World Polio Day, October 24th 2019
  • Hosted Miss Teen Great Britain Imogen Chapman by Rotary Club Bali Ubud Sunset.
  • Handover Officer Rotary Club Ubud Sunset 2019/2020
  • 10th Aniversary Rotary Club of Bali Ubud Sunset
  • We Can, They Can’t
  • BaliChildrensProject
  • 5th Annual Christmas Fundraising Dinner 2018
  • September Birthdays
  • July Birthdays
  • March Birthdays
  • February Birthdays
  • Rotary World Wide – Doing good!
  • 4 April – President of Rotary Club Colorado Springs Interquest to visit
  • Books for Balinese Schools
  • Bluu Karangasem Water project handover 3 Jan 2016
  • Child Helmet Project is up & running thanks to Terri & Penny
  • Two Important Briefs Available
  • Vision Quest: Bringing Vision to Indonesia’s Blind
  • Purchase a Screening Voucher
    and Save a Friend’s Life
  • FUNraiser: Jazz Night with
    The Hogan Brothers
  • Oz Singer Gyan Benefits RCBUS to Assist HIV/AIDS Clinic
  • Ubud’s HIV/AIDS Clinic Opens Officially!
  • Mary Jane Edleson on Sustainable Tourism
  • ‘Body Music’ Was a Great Success!
  • RCBUS Hosts Successful RYLA 2013
  • What does a Water Project Look Like?
  • Nest Box for Bali Starling
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