Harvesting Rainwater to Meet BasicHuman Needs
It's estimated that
more than one-sixth of theworld's population -- about 1.1 billion people --lack adequate water supplies and have accessonly to non-potable water
. A further 2.4 billionpeople have no improved sanitation facilities.The UN Millenium Development Goals will remain adream unless poor communities are a part of thedecision making process to manage, control and ownthe water source and distribution.
Rainwater harvesting using rooftops andunderground tanks is a traditional approachestablished over hundreds of years.
Rainfall onrooftops is collected and channeled into undergroundtanks or small reservoirs that can store and provideenough safe drinking water to meet daily needs formonths.The success of Barefoot initiatives in rainwaterharvesting and well recharging as part of the collective efforts of rural communities in India havedemonstrated the need to reintroduce traditional, low-cost technologies that communities can implementthemselves.
The Barefoot approach draws upon local knowledge and skills, and involves local people toadminister, supervise and finance their own community development.
This helps to reducedependency on external aid and creates a sense of local ownership in managing the local water supply.
Constructing Rooftop RainwaterHarvesting Systems
Constuction of rainwater harvesting systems in
will provide clean drinking water to schoolchildren in 6 rural communities.Working with
Riders for Health
,villages of Kankurang and Kanfenkeng now haverooftop rainwater harvesting systems constructed byBarefoot Water Engineers trained by the BarefootCollege in Tilonia. Four more rainwater harvestingsystems are under construction in other communitiesin The Gambia.Working with
Safer Future for Youth Development
, four tanks have been constructedand
has approved funding for rainwaterharvesting systems in 4 more schools.Ten rainwater harvesting systems are also underconstruction or already in use in