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  • Folakemi Odoaje

    Brilliant article! I grew up in a village in Nigeria. My mother had to use alum (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alum) so dirt in our drinking water could settle at the bottom of the pot. The amount of dirt at the bottom of the clay pot is unbelievable sometimes. As the article had touched on, we have enormous amount of rainfall yearly but insignificant amount is made use of. We always go back to the lake/stream the colour of dirt to fetch water just after heavy rainfalls. I remember years ago that someone donated a borehole to my village, it took lots of money to break through rocks and few months afterwards, it was all back to the stream. Now I know they could have just donated a couple of storages to the village and we will still be using it. Nowadays in Nigeria, growing number of households use plastic containers the size of 1,500 litres and sometimes bigger to collect rain water. I will undoubtedly share this article and hope we could do more to utilise rain water. Thank you so much for this piece. F