Rainwater is a very crucial natural resource in solving the water crisis by improving access to safe water and living healthier living lives in water-poor communities.
Rainwater harvesting is the practice of collecting rainwater usually from rooftops and stored in tanks or other containers.
Saves time. Rainwater harvesting saves up to 5 hours of time spent by women and girls collecting water on a daily basis. This means that if this valuable time is saved by using a water harvesting tank, women and girls will use this time to engage in more productive activities and study more respectively.
Safe and clean. Rainwater is much safer than most of the water in natural sources since most of it is contaminsted with synthetic waste and other pollutants. Unlike water at commonly used communal water sources, where water is shared with domestic animals during day and wild animals during night, rainwater harvested from rooftops directly goes into customised water tanks where it is stored safely.
Productivity. Rainwater is a very reliable natural resource that can support and sustain all year production in smallholder farms. This water can be used for irrigating field crops such as vegetables which many farmer families lack to solve the problem of malnurishment and it can also be used to water animals kept in these homes during the long dry spells. This positively contributes to a better food security in farmer families in water-poor communities.
Better hygiene. Typically an African 6 year old child rushes to play after using the toilet withour washing their hands. This is so because there is usually no readily available water to wash hands. Rainwater is a reliable solution to this problen and thus helps in the control of the deadly yet prevetable water borne diseases that cost these families fortunes to treat or lead to loss of lives in many children below the age of 10 years.
Low cost. Rainwater harvesting provides safe, clean and more water at a small cost invested at construction or installation. It doesn’t cost a fortune to establish a 3000L, 5000L or 10000L capacity water harvesting tank that can reliably supply water to a family, school, church, health center or any other social center in water-poor communities where it is most needed.