Every Drop Counts
Ten short videos on rooftop rainwater harvesting in schools illustrate how traditional knowledge of collecting and storing rainwater can be applied today to provide clean water for drinking and sanitation.
Water is one of the most basic human needs. Yet, about 1.1 billion people worldwide have inadequate water supplies, and a further 2.4 billion have no improved sanitation. One of the UN Millenium Development Goals is to reduce by half the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water by 2015.
To address this issue of access to water, the Global Rainwater Harvesting Collective
advocates paying attention to centuries old traditions of collecting rainwater to meet daily needs for water, and leveraging traditional knowledge as the only long-term, cost-effective solution of providing water for drinking and sanitation in the hills, deserts, and neglected areas where remote, rural schools have no water.