:: Specific Design Brief
PRODUCT DESIGN SRI LANKA, KENYA
GENERIC DESIGN CONTEXT
Ensuring an adequate water supply for domestic and agricultural use is a
problem in many parts of the world. However, there are opportunities for
harvesting rainwater when rains do come. Investigate possible methods of
harvesting water, and design and make a method for filtering or storing
water suitable for your chosen context.
SPECIFIC DESIGN BRIEF
In Sri Lanka rainy seasons are becoming less predictable. Therefore capitalising
on rainwater when it does fall is increasingly important. Investigate different
methods of collecting or filtering rainwater and design and make a filtration or
collection system suitable for the dry areas of Sri Lanka.
Practical Action has offices in Colombo, Sri Lanka and works with other organisations there
to help people to help themselves. Practical
Action’s headquarters are in the UK and the
Education unit there is your first point of contact. They will be able to
provide answers to many of your questions about rainwater harvesting. Contact
the team by email
email@example.com or by phone 01926-634441. If they cannot answer
your queries, they will contact Practical
Action in Sri Lanka or, if necessary, rainwater
• Rainwater harvesting can play a vital role in the ability of a community to
sustain itself economically, especially where the rainwater is used for
• Resources are scarce in Sri Lanka, especially outside Colombo. Designing and
making that enables recycling or reuse of materials is therefore advantageous.
decide to work on this design brief, don't forget to consider the issues of
sustainability in the different phases of your designing and making.
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