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  • Maarten Willems

Rainwater harvesting to provide drinking water

Ground water is often not the ideal solution for drinking water. Wells or boreholes could be polluted or the water level is getting deeper and deeper. To purify the water you will need more and more complicated installations. High costs and intensive maintenance are the consequences. Harvested rainwater in combination with a simple device like the hand-powered Villagepump 500 offers a sustainable and low-cost solution for supplying drinking water throughout the year.

Water plays a significant role in our lives since it is a precious natural resource. Over the past few years, there has been an increase of water shortages in several parts of the world. It is vital that ideal measures are put in place to help to reduce the high rate of water loss. With the change in climate patterns, people need to be aware of the alarming water shortage that we face currently and the imminent danger of severe shortage in the future. Various methods can be implemented to address the water problem in the most area. Rainwater harvesting is one of the methods that can be used for water conservation and supply of drinking water. In some situations it could replace the supply of ground and well water, especially in that areas where ground water has been polluted or the level of groundwater has gone down dramatically. To be able to use the harvested rainwater for drinking purposes it has to be purified. But because the pollution is limited to only turbidity and bacteriological contamination, a simple device will do the job. The Villagepump 500, an off-grid water treatment device seems to be the ideal solution. Hand- or solar powered, based on ultrafiltration with automatic back-wash, low maintenance needs, resulting in a low total-costs-of-ownership. The last years we see an increasing amount of water harvesting tanks or basins, combined with the Villagepump 500. A perfect and sustainable fit.