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    Glenn Page

    Evaluator
    May 22, 2012 | 11:46 a.m.

    Greetings all – this looks great – and well presented. Given rain water harvesting requires cultural acceptance and potentially has health impacts – what some time tested solutions for dealing with these and other “acceptance” issues at the community scale?

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    Andrew Tirrell

    Presenter
    May 23, 2012 | 10:38 p.m.

    Thanks so much for the comments! We are well aware of the challenges of acceptance issues, and it is one of the reasons why an interdisciplinary approach is so crucial to complex problems such as these. It is essential to solve not only the natural science problems (the technical solutions to the hydrological issues) but also the socio-political challenges. In the case of RWH, cultural acceptance can come only through user-driven adoption aided by smart policies, such as economic incentives, partnerships with community organizations, and awareness-raising efforts about the advantages of RWH. The health impacts are, as you note, a serious concern, especially for potable use. We are considering this question carefully, and it may be the case that non-potable use is far more beneficial (and carries far fewer risks) given the limited collection capacity and the high up-front costs to installing a potable-grade system.

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