Legislation Of Rainwater Harvesting For Domestic Use

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Regional Conference for Southeast Asia on Rainwater Harvesting in IWRM: An ExChange of Policies and Learnings

November 25-26, 2008
Davao City

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Legislation Of Rainwater Harvesting For Domestic Use

  1. 1. LEGISLATION ON RAINWATER HARVESTING FOR DOMESTIC USE Councilor Leonardo R. Avila III
  2. 2. DAVAO’S PUREST WATER
  3. 3. DAVAO’S PUREST WATER <ul><li>Davao City is a modern metropolis bustling with life, verve and color, situated in a typhoon-free zone with a land area of 244,000 hectares touted as one of the world’s largest . </li></ul><ul><li>From its fertile mountain ranges and valleys, down to the rich blue waters of the gulf, Davao City is abundant with natural wealth and wonders. Its potable water is considered second best water in the world . </li></ul>WWW.DAVAOTOURISM.COM
  4. 4. Where DOES this GO???
  5. 5. WE FLUSH IT!!!
  6. 6. SOMETHING TO PONDER… <ul><li>In Davao City, let us say there are approximately 200,000 households. </li></ul><ul><li>Of the 200,000 households, only 50,000 households have comfort rooms with an average sized toilet bowl. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider that each of the 50,000 households uses the FLUSH - FIVE (5) times a day. </li></ul>
  7. 7. SOMETHING TO PONDER… <ul><li>Moreover, a single FLUSH consumes 2 liters of DAVAO’S PUREST WATER… </li></ul><ul><li>LET’s DO THE MATH…. </li></ul><ul><li>50,000 households x 5 FLUSHES per day x 2 liters per FLUSH = 500,000 liters of DAVAO’S PUREST WATER down the drain EVERYDAY </li></ul>
  8. 8. MORE TO PONDER… <ul><li>We also use DAVAO’S PUREST WATER to… </li></ul><ul><li>WASH OUR CARS… </li></ul><ul><li>WATER OUR GARDENS… </li></ul><ul><li>AND </li></ul><ul><li>CLEAN OUR HOMES… </li></ul>
  9. 9. MORE TO PONDER… <ul><li>The proportion in the daily average requirement of a typical household for fully treated water is thirty five percent for drinking, cooking, bathing and washing of utensils and sixty five percent for flushing of toilets, general cleaning, washing of clothes and gardening which can be served by harvested water from the rain . </li></ul>
  10. 10. WHAT A WASTE OF DAVAO’S PUREST POTABLE WATER!!! <ul><li>INSTEAD OF GOING TO US… </li></ul><ul><li>WE DECIDE TO FLUSH IT DOWN THE DRAINS… </li></ul>IT’S NOT YET LATE FOR US… LET’S SAVE DAVAO’S PUREST WATER
  11. 11. DAVAO’S RAINWATER EXPERIENCE <ul><li>“ I remember in the 80s when many houses of the city had rainwater storage facilities. Our family used rainwater for washing cars and pets and watering our garden. We have long abandoned this practice because it was more expensive to repair the rainwater tank than to just use tap water for washing cars. “ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Alabado: Our drinking problem By Roberto P. Alabado III (Sun Star DAVAO, Sept. 28, ‘08) </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. DAVAO’S RETURN as the CITY OF RAINWATER PEOPLE Through the PROMOTION OF THE USE OF RAINWATER in DAVAO CITY HOW???
  13. 13. DAVAO CITY’S LOCAL POLICY <ul><li>It is hereby declared the policy of Davao City that sustainable development shall be pursued within the context of a balanced ecology through the proper use of natural resources giving due consideration to the protection and conservation of the environment and adapt to the impacts of climate change towards this end. </li></ul>
  14. 14. DAVAO CITY’S LOCAL POLICY <ul><li>The city shall: </li></ul><ul><li>A) Promote the proper harvesting, storage and use of rainwater as a viable alternative source of water supply primarily for non-potable use including domestic usage for flushing of toilets, general cleaning, washing of clothes, urban agriculture, landscape irrigation and supplement water source for industrial, commercial, institutional, agricultural use; </li></ul>
  15. 15. DAVAO CITY’S LOCAL POLICY <ul><li>B) Promote the proper harvesting, storage and use of rainwater to reduce surface runoff that will mitigate clogging of storm water drains or flooding of local roads, reduction of erosion of canals in urban areas and non-point source pollution; </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  16. 16. DAVAO CITY’S LOCAL POLICY <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>C) Encourage and support the adoption and development of appropriate technology related to rainwater utilization by medium to large size commercial, institutional and industrial establishments including medium to high end residential subdivision which are primarily consuming high volume of freshwater; and </li></ul>
  17. 17. DAVAO CITY’S LOCAL POLICY <ul><li>D) Enact and enforce policies towards the promotion of the proper harvesting. storage and use of rainwater. </li></ul>
  18. 18. FOR DOMESTIC USE <ul><li>DAVAO’S PUREST POTABLE WATER </li></ul><ul><li>RAINWATER </li></ul>
  19. 19. THE END. THANK YOU!!!

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