Harvest rain water for water security

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Photo: Vlad Chețan

South Africa is a water-scarce and dry country with about less the average world rainfall. This combined with the negative effects of climate change on water resources and the fact that the country has not fully recovered from the severe drought experienced not long ago, it is crucial that we all become innovative in using every available resource to ensure water security for this water-stressed country.

As we receive some much-needed rainfall in most parts of the country, it is important that we make good use of the special present from heaven and ensure that not a single drop goes to waste unnecessarily. Rain recharges our water resources, gives us water, water our gardens and food sources, provides water for our livestock and animals and brings the environment to its natural beauty.

Rainwater harvesting is an important way of ensuring that we make optimal use of the rainwater we receive and not let the precious resource unnecessarily go to waste. Let us always remember that our country receives about half the world average rainfall, therefore we need to store more of whatever water we receive for sustainable water security. Rainwater harvesting reduces the strain on the government systems and water resources as it helps to reduce the demand on the systems through the use of the water collected during the rainy days.

Water conservation is a critical element of water security in our country, therefore it is crucial that we all make use of any available avenues to save this precious source of life. Rainwater harvesting helps to keep enough water in storage as the rainwater harvested limits the use of government schemes.

Let us all embrace rainwater harvesting as it is an affordable water conservation initiative and can be implemented by everyone as long as one has a container. The size of the storage container does not matter as every drop of water counts.

Rainwater harvesting is also good for one’s pocket as it does not only contribute to water conservation, but it also reduces the water bill and save money. Rainwater harvesting, therefore, has social as well as economic benefits for the communities as it helps to entrench water conservation and at the same time save finances.

As we receive rain and practice rainwater harvesting, let us not forget to keep our water resources clean and healthy as people, livestock, the ecosystem and the environment downstream still needs to tap into the very systems.

Water is life and every drop counts in this water-scarce country, so practice rainwater harvesting to ensure the water in the storage systems lasts longer. Remember to always use water wisely, sparingly and in a more conservative manner.