Rain Harvesting Project
Harvesting Rain Water
Once again the Rotary Club of Curepipe is among the pioneers of a national project in the Mauritius. After the ‘Vision 2020’ project, the club is now well embarked on an ambitious venture to promote the concept of rain water harvesting.
It all started in 2010, when our club participated in commissioning a rain water harvesting Project at La Ferme, in Rodrigues Island. Rainwater was captured and was then treated to potable level for the pupils of a primary school and excess of the precious commodity was even to share with the villagers.
During the past years, the Rotary Club of Curepipe successfully installed and commissioned rain water harvesting facilities in two schools in Curepipe. The first was at the Sainte Therese RCA School in Forest Side and the second one at the Robinson Government School. During this Rotarian year, President Vasdev and many members went to the Lapeyrouse Government School in the Curepipe region to inaugurate yet another plant for rain water harvesting. This is in line with the long and sustainable project of the Club.
Rainwater is a renewable, sustainable and a high quality water source. Collecting and storing rainwater include diminish flooding, erosion and the flow to storm water drain by reducing peak storm water runoff. This method also reduces water bills and demand on the community’s drinking water supply by using rainwater for flushing toilets, washing clothes, watering the garden and washing cars. As rainwater may be contaminated due to pollutants, it is not considered suitable for drinking without treatment. On a more ecological aspect, it helps raise awareness among the pupils and the general public on climate change impacts and on rainwater harvesting as a means of adapting to water problems caused by climate change.