More than half the world’s population lives in metropolitan centres. The built environment of a city is very different from that of rural and natural areas. When it rains over a rural landscape, much of the rainwater sinks into the ground or is evaporated or transpirated by trees, crops and other plants.
The clogging of borehole systems due to contamination with iron oxide, manganese oxide and calcium carbonate is a worldwide problem. This problem causes a reduction in pump efficiency. Is there anything that can be done about it?
Many of us never think about who gets to use the drops of rain that fall from the sky. But it’s an increasingly pertinent question as more people look to collect rainwater as a way to conserve water, live off the grid or save money on water bills.
This workshop enabled delegates to learn from start to finish what the potential of MAR is to large scale water users and providers, as well as facilitated discussions between consultants, clients and authorities on how to begin and proceed with these schemes within the South African legal framework.