A WATERBANK is a community reservoir, tank or cistern…
A WATERBANK is a simple building specially designed to collect, store and filter rainwater…
A WATERBANK can be used as school, a meeting place, a clinic, a latrine, a shop…
A WATERBANK can be sized to suit community needs…
A WATERBANK structure can be portable or permanent…
A WATERBANK can be build by a community from low-cost materials that are available locally…
We live in a world where 1 in 6 people do not have access to clean water and water-related illnesses are the leading cause of human sickness and death.
When children spend a minimum of 15-20 hours week and women spend a staggering 40 billion work hours a year collecting water, the lack of water is a primary reason that people are unable to rise out of poverty.
In Africa, the 300 million people who do not have access to clean water live in areas where it rains between 2 and 6 feet a year. There is, in fact, 13 times the amount of rain falling on the African continent than is needed by the population.
If people could catch, store and filter the rain where it falls, on their doorsteps, their rise out of poverty could begin.
Rainwater harvesting combined with clay pot filtration is a simple technology that is easily accessible and maintainable and relies neither on underground knowledge of water-sources, nor on hard to maintain drilling technologies. Widespread Rainwater harvesting is essential to protect against the depletion of non-renewable groundwater supplies, to provide alternatives in areas where groundwater resources are saline or saturated with fluoride and to meet the Millennium Development Goals.
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