After seeing the successful models of rainwater harvesting in Beypazarı, Turkey, people in neighbouring communities copied the technology in their own homes and enjoyed the benefits of having access to sustainable water sources.
Beyzaparı – the Rooftop Water-Harvesting Project
Access to safe and reliable drinking water is a major issue for poor rural communities in many areas in Turkey such as the Central Anatolia Plateau. People use ground or reservoir water for drinking and domestic purposes.
One of the most remote of these areas is the village of Tekke Kuyumcu near Beypazarı. Due to the scarcity of water resources in the village, water is only provided for an hour each day, which decreases to only half an hour in the summer. Moreover, there is no ground water in the district, which prevents the construction of other water systems. The only available option for villagers to access water is by using depots that are far from the village and fetching this water from a long way away puts a burden on women and children.
The Rooftop Water-Harvesting Project was designed to bring a new water resource to the Tekke Kuyumcu. Rooftop water harvesting is the practice of collecting the rainwater that falls on a roof before it reaches the ground. Rain is collected on the roof and channelled into a tank. The water in the tank is then filtered and delivered to the kitchen and the bathroom. The system offers a reliable source of water for domestic use and its quality can be maintained with moderate efforts.
The rooftop water-harvesting system has considerable potential as a source of alternative water where other sources are either unavailable or too expensive. The system is suitable for areas such as the Central Anatolia Plateau, which has an average annual rainfall of about 400 mm.