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Siladen Project

Completed August 2014.



Region / Location

Siladen Island


Community of 350 people on Siladen Island located off the coast of North Sulawesi. Previously needed to import their drinking water from mainland Indonesia.

Team / Volunteers

American designer Abigail Feldman led a team of eight, made up of Australian carpenters and coordinators, local Indonesian builders and volunteers.

Project Detail

Although Indonesia receives plentiful rain, few villages have devised ways of collecting this free source of drinking water. Siladen was in similar circumstances. The closest city is on a neighboring island, so all drinking water is delivered by boat at a cost of $5 per gallon. This becomes a huge household expense when it is considered that a typical day of hard labor earns only $15. This is where the LTL team worked with the local community to create a solution.

The work began in Los Angeles at Rios Clementi Hale Studios where 13 volunteers assisted in designing the project. The rainwater collection system was built at the local school on Siladen to utilize its central location and incorporate a clean water curriculum into the project. In just 10 days, the team dug out an area to accommodate the three collection tanks, each capable of holding 3,100 liters of water. Connected new rain gutters were to the metal rooftop of a large classroom. A shade structure was constructed to protect the tanks from the punishing sun and capture more rainwater. A pump moves water from the collection tanks into buckets that villagers can pour into a biofilter, where layers of charcoal, sand, and gravel produce clean drinking water!

Aims / Results


Liters of water can be stored and distributed free of charge


School children learned about the importance of clean water, how the rainwater collection system works, and received refillable water bottles.

Project Updates

Siladen Water Project Team in front of finished water collection system

Water Project Success: Siladen Island

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