Rain har­vest­ing’s key to wa­ter se­cu­rity

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SOUTH Africa is a wa­ter- scarce coun­try with about less than av­er­age world rain­fall.

This, com­bined with the neg­a­tive ef­fects of cli­mate change on wa­ter re­sources and the fact that the coun­try has not re­cov­ered from a se­vere drought, makes it cru­cial we all be­come in­no­va­tive in us­ing ev­ery avail­able re­source to en­sure wa­ter se­cu­rity for our wa­ter- stressed coun­try.

As we re­ceive some much- needed rain­fall in most parts of the coun­try, it is im­por­tant we make good use of the special present from heaven and en­sure not a sin­gle drop goes to waste.

Rain recharges our wa­ter re­sources, wa­ters 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 we make op­ti­mal use of rain­wa­ter and not let the pre­cious re­source go to waste. For sus­tain­able wa­ter se­cu­rity, we need to store more of the wa­ter we re­ceive. It re­duces the strain on gov­ern­ment sys­tems and wa­ter re­sources, as it

helps re­duce the de­mand by mak­ing use of the wa­ter col­lected dur­ing rainy days.

This is an af­ford­able wa­ter con­ser­va­tion ini­tia­tive and can be im­ple­mented by ev­ery­one as long as one has a con­tainer – size does not mat­ter.

Rain har­vest­ing is also good for one’s pocket as it re­duces the wa­ter bill. It, there­fore, has so­cial as well as eco­nomic ben­e­fits for com­mu­ni­ties as it helps to en­trench wa­ter con­ser­va­tion.

Let us also not for­get to keep our wa­ter re­sources clean and healthy as peo­ple, live­stock, the ecosys­tem and the en­vi­ron­ment de­pend on it. THEMBA KHOZA | Mbombela

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