Rainwater Management for Climate Resilience!

Published on 07 June 2023

Our climate is changing! By collectively collecting rainwater, organisations and communities can take a step towards achieving resilience against the impacts of climate change.

  • climate change
  • drought
  • surface water flooding
  • rainwater management
  • sustainability

Our climate is changing, and as global temperatures rise, extreme weather events such as drought, heatwaves and flooding are expected to become more frequent. The uncertainty, scale and pace of climate change is challenging our ability to adapt and manage our water resources. Extreme rainfall events are placing increasing pressure on an already overwhelmed sewerage and drainage system leading to surface water flooding and sewer spills into our waterways. Additionally, hotter drier summers are placing increasing pressure on our existing water resources. To achieve resilience, we need to shift from our current water management practices and start embracing a new approach. 

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According to Defra, ‘Rainwater management is key to achieving a reduction in sewage discharges from storm overflows, reducing flood risk and improving water scarcity to ensure a healthy environment.' However, this is not something that can be achieved by one organisation or community working in isolation. By standing together, organisations, communities and individuals can embrace a more sustainable future where every raindrop collected becomes a testament to our determination to reduce surface water flooding, sewage spills to the environment and resilience against drought. 

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