Ferro-Cement Lined Tank


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Solution Overview & Benefits

Ferro-cement Lined tanks are in-ground storage tanks made of cement and iron wire mesh. They collect water from low-flow and intermittent sources, and are typically pumped into header tanks for irrigation purposes. If the tank is built at a higher elevation than the field (up a hill, for instance), a pump may not be required to extract the water. These tanks can support daily irrigation of fields up to 2,000 square meters, or can support a smaller field through a dry period.


  • Can store water from many sources: rain, ground, surface water, water delivery trucks or other in-ground tanks.
  • Supplies water for livestock and irrigation systems. Can be pumped into a header tank, or feed a system directly when situated above a field.
  • Ferro-cement lined tanks can provide daily irrigation for growing crops, but they can also serve to get smaller fields through a dry period of up to several weeks.
  • Simple to construct in 7 – 10 days with assistance of a trained mason. Tank repairs can be done with cement and wire mesh.
  • A useful component for Multiple Use Water Systems and shared use for domestic applications.

History & Development

iDE is an international non-profit dedicated to ending poverty in the developing world not through handouts, but by helping farm families access the tools and knowledge they need to increase their income.

iDE's origins as a formal organization lie in a visit to a Somalian refugee camp in 1982. It was there that founder Paul Polak noticed a critical lack of transport limiting the economic opportunities of refugees who were relying on manual transportation for all commodities. Following the principle "in technology, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication," iDE re-engineered the local donkey cart and interested local artisans in manufacturing one with a more efficient center of gravity, using abandoned car parts for affordability. The donkey carts were a success; more than 500 were sold, producing $1 million of net income for cart owners.


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