As you probably already now, today is World Water Day 2018! It is held every year on the 22nd of March and it has been going on since 1994!

This year’s theme is “Nature for Water” – exploring nature based solutions to the water challenges that we face in the 21st century. The question being asked is how can we reduce floods, water pollution and droughts by looking at examples from nature.

Relating back to the articles that we have been sharing this week on rainwater harvesting, trees are a great example to mimic especially in urban areas to help combat flooding. Trees help reduce rainwater run-off into the drainage system, their root system allows for water to seep into the ground and be stored or slowly discharged back into the water system and the leaves of the trees act as barriers to break up and slow down the amount of water hitting the ground and flowing into the drains.

study conducted in the UK by the Environment Agency showed that:

Tree planting would represent an extra element that helps to slow down the arrival of rain water to vulnerable locations.

Going back to rainwater harvesting – the key concept here is that by collecting rainwater into tanks and containers, we essentially reduce the amount of water that goes into the drainage system at that point of time when it rains and when we finally use it to wash the porch or the car, we are slowly releasing it back into the water system. It sort of loosely mimics a tree.

As today is a special day for water, we would like to take this opportunity to recognise and individual who has been walking the talk and putting rainwater harvesting into practice for the past 6 years. I am sure that there are many more such individuals out there who are doing great work with regards to water. We are proud and congratulate all of you on your efforts.

However, today we would like to acknowledge Mr. M.K Izzudin as the ‘Tokoh’ World Water Day 2018! Congratulations, keep up the good work and continue to inspire the people around you! You can follow Mr. Izzudin on Twitter here. We found these 2 tweets of his to be very inspiring and we hope that others would take his lead and follow.

Although his setup is in the rural areas, we in the city can still do the same with just a few extra measures as mentioned in the previous articles – Article 3.

Thank you Mr. Izzudin for taking action and for being an example to everyone else.