Kevin bought a metal grate and placed it over the permanent grill to capture all the loose leaves that flush through the aqueduct gate. When the leaves fall into the canal, they reach the sediment pond and mix in with the sand to create thick, heavy muck. It's incredibly difficult to clean out of the ponds. Last year, Martin, Nacho and Kevin spent a whole week cleaning out the sediment pond. Kevin is desperately looking for ways to avoid having to work that hard again, if he can help it. If there's a problem, Kevin will find a solution. He figured out that a metal grate would catch the leaves on the way in from the aqueduct, keeping the canal and ponds leaf-free.
Then, Kevin bought some mesh to create a filter system in the sediment pond. He added some scrap metal tubing to the bottom to help weigh it down. He made two.
The water comes in through the aqueduct and flows into the sediment pond. The two green meshes slow the water right down (as well as the sand). The sand sinks to the bottom before it reaches the half-way point. There's a gate on the right-hand side at the half-way point. When Kevin opens it, the water empties out straight into the river...along with all the sand that has accumulated there. So great, right?
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My husband, Kevin, and I are from Burlington, Ontario, Canada. We decided to leave the cold winters of the Great White North and the hustle and bustle of our busy lives to reinvent ourselves in the beautiful mountains of Costa Rica. The planning stage started in June 2011 and we embarked on our new adventure on August 23, 2012. Welcome to our journey... enjoy the ride.
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