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Only when we double down on rainwater harvesting will water scarce communities across the Caribbean and Africa grab the opportunity to unleash creativity and grassroots innovation to increase their fresh water supplies.
Rainwater harvesting is happening today, but in fits and starts and in silos.
If done properly, soon a new set of workers across diaspora countries will get the message and really believe that their skills are needed in water management.
Here are three steps that need to be taken now to turn the tide:
Harvested rainwater provides locations with no grid connection or intermittent service with a means to increasing self-sufficiency. Additionally, maximizing low-cost options like rainwater harvesting, taking every drop that is available and putting it to work, does two things - i) It builds up a muscle that has atrophied - the infrastructure maintenance muscle - and allows a transfer of skills over to other off-grid supply options such as streams and wells and ii) It provides countries with some breathing room to rethink new arrangements for managing the centralized grid.