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World Water Day -March 22nd

February 20, 2011

JOINT RAINWATER HARVESTING STATEMENT
22 March 2011
The UN Human Rights Council affirms the human right to safe drinking water
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governments must now contribute to the provision of a regular supply of safe, accessible and
affordable drinking water in sufficient quantity for 884 million more people.
On the occasion of World Water Day, the undersigned organisations wish to strongly state
that the time has come to stop neglecting rainwater: it must be considered as an important tool
in efforts to minimize the water related problems that this century is already posing us.

•Rainwater is a valuable resource that is underutilized. Its capture and use alleviate
potable, non-potable, storm water and energy challenges in the face of
environmental and climate change.
• Local rainwater harvesting solutions enhance water security and provide important
relief to households and communities. All around the world, rainwater infiltration,
collection and storage offers benefits for the environment, wildlife and humans, and
improves water availability for industry and agriculture.
• It is time for rainwater catchment to be adopted and promoted in the development
plans of all governmental agencies as part of their integrated water resource
management strategies.
• The concept of rainwater management – maximizing rain’s benefits as a vital resource
while minimizing potential rain hazards – must be widely introduced into technical
schools and universities so that it is a fundamental part of each new urban planning,
architectural or agricultural project.
Signatories:
International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA) http://www.irha-h2o.org
American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) http://www.arcsa.org
International Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (IRCSA) http://www.ircsa.org
Southern and Eastern Africa Rainwater Network (SearNet)

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