This is the land below the house and garden belonging to one of my sisters-in-law and her husband and it's one way to keep the grass short!
Most households have a mains water supply, although it's rationed in the dry season so many people pay to have a borehole drilled to tap into the natural springs deep in the ground.
Our brother-in-law has also built a terraced area over a huge tank and this is used to collect rain water which is a much needed resource for watering the land devoted to fruit and vegetables.
This is the beginning of the water source high up in the mountains that eventually becomes our own means of a free water supply. (It's a long time since we were energetic enough to climb up there in the days when we took friends on hiking expeditions)!
Our own house and land doesn't have mains water and we had to pay for an electricity supply to reach down to our house at the end of a lane. As soon as we started growing anything on the land and when we were living there permanently we needed a reliable source of water on site rather than buying it from a tanker. It was costly to drill a borehole as the house and land is on solid rock and we had to hire a specialist team with a very strong drill. (Before that we had hired a firm with a hammer drill that got stuck in the rock and we gave up the project for a while). It was noisy work that took several days. We had to go down 200 metres before we struck the underground water supply where it was clean and pure and it was a very exciting time as the water gushed up. A pipe was inserted and then an electric pump was installed and the well capped off. The water supply gets pumped into a tank for domestic use.
We could have built a beautiful ornamental top over our well - this one is our nephew's, but instead there's just a place in the side drive pavement with access to the well pump.
One benefit of not having mains facilities is that no one else has built this far down the lane and, anyway, there are now restrictions on building works, particularly new builds from scratch. We are just on the border between the next commune so the houses further up the hill have mains facilities supplied by that council. Below our bottom terrace is a small piece of land and it's always interesting to see what is being grown at different times of the year. People grow whatever produce and crops they can on these plots dotted around the locality. Last year the neighbours were growing a cereal crop and sometimes this field is just grassed over and sheep graze there. This last time we arrived to find that the family were growing vegetables - tomatoes, beans and potatoes and had a water tank installed to give them a small supply of water. We still see tractors and trailers going by the house with containers of water to be used by those who are not on mains or when the mains water is turned off. Everyone has to be very resourceful, careful and very organised when it comes to using water and other utilities.