Creating an Innovative Irrigation System for Panchavati Hill Biodiversity

The Panchavati Hill Tree Plantation Service is a group of 20+ members working to plant new seedlings, fertigate soil with organic manure, and eliminate weeds. However, their process of manually watering the plants was time-consuming and prevented them from achieving their goal of planting more trees. In order to address this problem, three of my group members and I embarked on a journey of innovation to create an irrigation system that could water 1000+ saplings.

Firstly we investigated the reasons for the inefficiencies in the manual watering process, and discovered that the location of the water tanks was the major cause of the problem. This led them to the idea of constructing a pump-based drip irrigation system that could eliminate the need for human labor in the watering process.

After that the group surveyed the plantation area to determine the specifications of the pump-based drip irrigation system, prepared a bill of materials, and presented a budget proposal to acquire funds from the school. The group successfully assembled the drip irrigation system that could water all 1000+ saplings located on the upward sloping section of the hilly plantation area using different materials like ropes, rocks, pipes, openings and a 0.5-1HP water pump.

The third step in the process was action. The group used the acquired funds to procure the required material for the project. However, this process involved a lot of dynamicity, as the heads of the tree plantation drive made arrangements for a grid power supply near the water tank, eliminating the need for a solar cell to power the pump. By using the assistance of the heads of the tree plantation drive as well as other professionals such as electricians and plumbers, the group successfully assembled the drip irrigation system that could water all 1000+ saplings located on the upward-sloping section of the hilly plantation area. Throughout the process, the group reflected on their decisions to ensure that there had been sufficient consideration of feasible hurdles in the preparation and action stage. The project provided the group an opportunity to leverage their classroom knowledge in a practical scenario to help improve the environment.

In conclusion, the construction of the drip irrigation system was an innovative and extremely useful project that taught the group the importance of collaboration, problem-solving, and effective planning. The ease of watering the saplings currently being experienced by the members of the tree plantation drive demonstrates the practicality of their project. The project provided the group an opportunity to improve the environment by leveraging their classroom knowledge in a practical scenario.