Current Project phase:

  • 1 1: Initiate Phase
  • 2 2: Nominate Phase
  • 3 3: Improve Phase
  • 4 4: Triumph Phase
  • 5 5: Accelerate Phase
  • 6 6: Make it Happen Phase
Track: Creative Professional
Topics: Water, Food, Health
Location: Sao Paulo - Brasil
Approach: Communications



This website will store and spread social and building technologies used to collect and keep rainwater on drought and contamination contexts

Long Description

Taking a successful project as a start point, Reservoir must drink information from the Programa 1milhão de Cisternas – 1 Million Tanks Project, by The Semi Arid Articulation (ASA) and the brazilian government. Brazilian semiarid embraces 982.563,3km² and 22,6million people. It’s vast ecodiversity deals with spread rains which varies from 300 to 800mm/year, with temperatures over 25º C, steaming 90% of the water, making it’s supplies rare and distant.


Board tanks are a scalable low cost technology. They can keep rainwater, but they are applicable only through a complex organizational method. This social technology is one of it’s greatest gain: boards are made by the benefited families, after a course where learn how to keep and build it. They are gathered then in groups of families which build the tanks to all the houses involved. It’s one of ASA’s main goals. As a result, families are empowered, with local development, the democratization of the water supply. Communities are empowered.


There are 2 types of tanks: 16.000liters (for families to drink and cook) and 52.000liters (for plantations and animals). They keep water clean, free from diseases and other contaminating elements, keeping it healthy, guaranteeing food supply and also protecting the environment.


What we propose is a hub with information and experiences about how to get, to clean and to keep water. We plan to use 360º videos, tutorials, online courses and didactic 3D schemes, to help people to develop and democratize solutions to this severe problem.

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