Panen air hujan merupakan suatu metodememanfaatkan air hujan untuk keperluan domestikdan pertanian, cara ini telah banyak diaplikasikandi berbagai penjuru dunia.
Rain Water Harvesting as a method of utilizing rain water for domesticand agricultural use is already widely used throughout the world. It is a methodwhich has been used since ancient times and is increasingly being accepted as a practical method of providing potable water in development projects throughoutthe world. It has wide application also in urban and peri-urban areas where thereliability and quality of piped water is increasingly being questioned. Despitethese facts the percentage of households using rain water harvesting both inurban and rural areas is remarkably low.
DELAPAN PRINSIP KEBERHASILAN PANEN AIR HUJAN:
1. Begin with long and thoughtful observation.Use all your senses to see where the water flows and how. What isworking, what is not? Build on what works.2. Start at the top (highpoint) of your watershed and work your waydown. Water travels downhill, so collect water at your high pointsfor more immediate infiltration and easy gravity-fed distribution.Start at the top where there is less volume and velocity of water.3.Start small and simple. Work at the human scale so you can buildand repair everything. Many small strategies are far more effectivethan one big one when you are trying to infiltrate water into the soil.4. Slow, spread, and infiltrate the flow of water. Rather than havingwater run erosively off the land’s surface, encourage it to stick around, “walk” around, and infiltrate into the soil. Slow it, spread it,sink it.5. Always plan an overflow route, and manage that overflow as aresource. Always have an overflow route for the water in times of extra heavy rains, and where possible, use the overflow as aresource.6.Maximize living and organic groundcover. Create a living sponge sothe harvested water is used to create more resources, while the soil’sability to infiltrate and hold water steadily improves.7. Maximize beneficial relationships and efficiency by “stackingfunctions.” Get your water harvesting strategies to do more than