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Many water resources are under pressure due to changing demand (growing economies, population growth), or changing supply (i.e. climate change). To increase resilience of families, communities and businesses in an area where water is scarcely available during certain periods of the year, water harvesting in periods of abundance can be a solution.

Articles in the knowledge hub
Recently, we added three articles on water harvesting to our library that link to Pressing Need: "More and reliable water harvesting and storage". You can find the articles via the links below or visit the Knowledge Hub:




Rainwater harvesting


The FAO gives a concise overview of methods, costs, socio-economic effects of water harvesting, and the impact on users, the water shed and the global level.  It is a concise document, with a great amount of valuable information.


Water Harvesting

Guidelines to Good Practice

CDE, RAIN, MetaMeta, Wageningen; IFAD

This document contains an overview of proven good practices in water harvesting from all over the world. These good practices can be adapted and used to design a strategy which fits specific local needs. 

Part 1 of the document focuses on the definition of water harvesting. Part 2 focuses on the application of water harvesting methods and discusses various casestudies.

Smart Water Harvesting Solutions: Examples of innovative, low-cost technologies for rain, fog, runoff water and groundwater (2007)

Netherlands Water Partnership, Aqua for All, Agromisa

Although being 9 years old, this booklet still provides  a valuable insight in methods for water harvesting. It categorises water harvesting in four groups, depending on the source of water: Rainwater or fog harvesting, surface water, groundwater and waste or greywater harvesting. It shows the most common methods, and provides local examples for each of the four sources  of water.

In addition, we recommend the webinar organised by the Water Channel on Webinar #27: How to get freshwater in coastal areas? Tackling salinity and climate change in Bangladesh and The Netherlands. From 15.29 minutes onwards in the video the Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) system is explained. MAR is meant to create fresh groundwater bubbles to store water for dry periods.
More information can be found via A direct link to the video is:

Do you have experiences on water harvesting you would like to share, or are there reports, articles or videos on water harvesting that are missing in our library? Please share them with us by contacting Rozemarijn ter Horst: