Collecting rainwater is not high on most Cantabrians’ to-do lists, but an expert thinks it should be, since the earthquakes caused many to lose their water supply. Christchurch rainwater harvesting consultant John Gould said the February 2011 earthquake showed the importance of having an independent water source.
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More than one billion people – one sixth of the world’s population – are without access to safe water supply. At any given moment, about half of the world’s poor are suffering from waterborne diseases, of which over 6,000 – mainly children – die each day as a direct result of consuming unsafe drinking water.
Water conservation has become an essential practice in all regions, even in areas where water seems abundant. In addition to saving money on your utility bill, water conservation helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes, rivers and local watersheds.