Rain harvesting’s key to water security
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