The silt trap pond and cattle fence at once began the regeneration of land. The pond impeded the rapid run of water and trapped whatever silt was brought with the runoff. Overflow from P2 is led by a trench canal, C1 to the main pond P1. This pond abuts the bore-well from which the windmill draws. Canal C2 is site-wide, and drains the land upslope of it, to the main pond P1. This pond is located at a part of the land where post-rain water was observed to drain last, indicating that it was more impervious and clayey. It is thus more of a holding pond than a percolation pond.
All the water bodies thus far had been dug by contractors. Swale S1 was the first dug by the newly acquired Yanmar mini excavator in 2009. It was an experimental dig. The alignments of this and S2 were marked out using an A-Frame. S2 is the first swale that is a project-wide catchment. It’s effects were perceptible within a few months of creation. Visibly, the annual violent run-off event almost entirely ceased and invisibly, the land downslope of S2, was hydrated and stayed moist for a longer period after rains.
Ringo, an Australian appeared from nowhere in 2009. Using laser levels, he surveyed the whole area and mapped out a distributed plan. He was also an expert machine operator and dug S3.
S4, S5 and S6 were dug over the next three years. The last swale S6 drains into a small pond P3. P3 has come to be known the Elephant Head Pond because of the shape of a monolithic rock exposed while excavating it. Overflow from P3 spills downslope and is trapped by a shallow dam.
Overflow from the dam is again trapped by the road, running North-South, which forms a low dam. The water that dams here is led away by three buried pipes to the fields east of the road, where a well is located. [Please note that as I write in July 2013, the efficacy of arrangement just , described, consisting of S6, C3, P3 and the Dam has not been verified as it has not rained enough since their digging].
Together the whole scheme, is expected to have the effect of intercepting rainwater runoff and recharging it into the ground across a wide area. In the two annual rainy seasons, the scheme is expected to recharge about 4 million litres into the ground, whereas the project currently draws just over a million litres per annum. The resulting effect would be to hydrate the soil project-wide, while augmenting the groundwater. The well too is expected to be nourished by well-fed springs.