During the water shortage crisis earlier this year water shedding was mentioned, but fortunately, most regions were lucky enough to escape being cut off from their precious water. The water outages were well communicated and there was ample time given to ensure that the household water supplies were topped up. But that was then, what about the near future as demand increases putting the insufficient reserves under pressure?
It is a case of not if but when we will experience a water shedding crisis
Currently, water is fairly easy to source, just turn on the tap or head off to the local shop if you don't like the taste of tap water. But what happens when everyone is short of water? When no water is running from the taps, you can expect the rest of the local reserves to run out rapidly. Suddenly being inconvenienced by not being able to shower, wash the dishes or clothes becomes a minor problem compared to not having any water to drink.
Work out how much water you need for general purposes and how much you would need in an emergency, such as a few days of water shedding.
Drinking water is precious
Rainwater harvesting tanks can be fitted with filters allowing the stored water to be used for drinking and cooking.
Harvest the water from your water tanks
If you are fortunate to have an abundance of water filling up the tank, don't let a full rainwater harvesting tank prevent you from being able to collect more. Use secondary water storage, so you can always capture more water when it rains.
It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.
Whitney M. Young, Jr.
American Civil Rights Leader