Why not harvest the rain water during this short rain season?

The rains are here with us again. This is good news for many people who had prepared their farms ready to plant. The bad news about it is that the rains may not be here for long.The Meteorological department is warning Kenyans in the arid and semi arid regions not to plant any crop as the rain will not be able to sustain the crop to maturity. I really doubt if Kenyans are heeding this advice and for the few that are doing so I really doubt whether they are putting in place any measures to cope with this situation.

The rains have come with blessings and also a share of problems the most recent being the landslide in Mathare slums that claimed lives. There has also been the problem of poor roads with the Government doing very little to solve this recurrent problem.  The rains will give way to sunshine and again, people will complain about drought and lack of food and — as has now become traditional- the Government will appeal to the international community for aid.

We beg for help when there is rain and still hold the same bowls when it is shining. Must we always be a nation of beggars? We need to come up with a good strategies to solve our problems and ensure that we have a long term solution so that we avoid the same old business of Kenyans for Kenya.

Rain water harvesting is the best possible way to conserve water and awaken the society towards the importance of water. The method is simple and cost effective too. It is especially beneficial in the areas, which faces the scarcity of water. During the rainy season lots of water goes waste into the gutters. And this is when Rain water Harvesting proves to be the most effective way to conserve water. We can collect the rain water into the tanks and prevent it from flowing into drains and being wasted. It is practiced on the large scale in the metropolitan cities.

A recent report by the United Nations Environmental Programme estimates that Nairobi has potential to harvest almost ten million cubic meters of water each year, if rainwater harvesting measures were in place in the city’s rooftops, roads, open grounds and forest-covered areas. The survey report titled: ‘Potential for Rain Water Harvesting in Ten African Cities’, shows the capital city has potential to supply the water needs of between six and 10 million people “…with 60 litres of water a day if rainwater were efficiently and effectively harvested”

Harvested water is very beneficial to the community. Rainwater harvesting first of all increases water security. It is the perfect solution to meet water requirements especially in the areas which do not have sufficient water resources. It helps in improving the quality of the ground water and increasing the level of the ground level. It also helps in improving the overall floral system. It reduces the loss of top layer of the soil. If we capture the water directly we need not to depend much on the water storage dams. It is the good solution to the increasing water crises. Rain water harvesting reduces the flooding on roads and further prevents it from contamination. And in the last it decreases the menace of floods on regional scale.

I want to urge each and every one of us to consider this option this season.


About kipsizoo

I am an Agribusiness Management Graduate

Posted on April 5, 2012, in Kenya. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Why not harvest the rain water during this short rain season?.

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