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History of Harvesting the Rain

We now know that one of the main reasons civilizations have perished in the past was because of poor implementation of water and irrigation systems. For at least six millennia, people across the world have survived by harvesting rainwater for household, livestock and agricultural uses. Primitive Rain Catchment Systems were invented independently in various parts of the world and on different continents thousands of years ago.

If you ask your grandparents, chances are they had one on their home.

In the Loess plateau of China (Ganzu Province), rainwater wells and jars existed as long as two thousand years ago. In that same time period, historians found an integrated rainwater management system and runoff that fed agriculture for the Negev desert of Israel and Jordan. In India, rain catchers can be found in 15 different environmental zones. The Mayan people in the Yucatan, Mexico have rich, ancient and traditional rainwater catchment technologies (dating back to the Aztecs and Mayas). South of the city Oxkutzcab on the foot of the Puuc Mountain we can still see the achievements of the Mayas. In the 10th century AD, we can find an integrated agriculture based on rainwater catchment. The people lived on the hillsides and their drinking water was provided by 20 to 45 thousand liters cisterns called Chultuns.

When Save the Rain builds a rain catchment system, we know it will supply water for many generations to come.

Nature is freely delivering the solution to the Global Water Crisis to every door step on the planet. We simply need to help people receive the gift.

Save the Rain    P.O. Box 1510    Mount Shasta    California    96067       T: 530.926.9999    F: 530.926.5050    Email: info@savetherain.org