Water

Water supply

For its water supply, Monte do Casarão relies on two wells: the one is 40 metres deep, the other – which was drilled later, when we turned out to have insufficient water during the summer – is 180 metres deep. The water is pumped up to Casarão Velho, where it is first purified. Then it is pumped up into the water depot situated about 25 metres above Casa Marcanta. From there, it flows down on its own accord, back to the houses.

Purifying the water

In order to purify the water, a study was made in collaboration with Delft University of Technology and Portuguese experts into the most effective (and affordable) solution. In the end, we chose for ion exchange, a purification system based on salt.

Reusing the water

During the summer, water is scarce in large parts of the Alentejo. On Monte do Casarão we need to save water as well. That’s why we try to reuse it as much as possible. The waste water from all the houses is collected into a sewage treatment plant at Casarão Velho, treated naturally by means of gravel and reed and then given back to nature.

Watering plants

Also, the water in the showers has a destination: it doesn’t go down the drain. Instead, we collect it in a bucket, to water the plants.

PAINTINGWEEK

Twice a year- once in spring and once in autumn - Monte do Casarão organizes a painting week. The course is for beginners and advanced students. You can paint or sketch using any technique and any materials you like. The Dutch Jenny Helder will support and coach the students during both art weeks.

Painting weeks in 2018:

April 16 - April 23

October 4 - October 11

 

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AUGUST

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August. Month of the big festivals. At the beginning of August in Zambujeira do Mar there is the Festival Sud Ouest, the 5-day pop festival that attracts some 50,000 people every year. A few days long rows in the supermarket, overcrowded beaches and empty straw steps, but not an unspoken word. Not from the locals and not from the festival goers.

And already in the middle of August for the 15th time the Feira Medieval in Silves. In spite of the large fire that lasted a week in the Monchique and which had the consequence that villages around Silves also had to be evacuated, in consultation with all the victims it was decided to continue the 9-day medieval festival. Hats off. Really recommended.

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