UNHRC Resolution A/HRC/15/L.14, September 30, 2010

22 March 2011

The UN Human Rights Council affirms the human right to safe drinking water.1 Now is the time for the world’s governments to contribute to the provision of a regular supply of safe, accessible and affordable drinking water in sufficient quantity for 884 million more people.

On World Water Day 2011, the undersigned organizations wish to strongly advocate for the use of rainwater: it must be considered as an important tool in efforts to minimize the water related problems that already exist.

• Rainwater is a valuable resource that is underutilized. Its capture and use can alleviate challenges related to potable, non-potable, storm water and energy.

• Local rainwater harvesting solutions enhance water security and provide important relief to households and communities. All around the world, rainwater infiltration, collection and storage

offers benefits for the environment, wildlife and humans, and improves water availability for industry and agriculture.

• It is time for rainwater catchment to be included in the development plans of all governmental agencies as part of their integrated water resource management strategies.

• Introduction of the concept of rainwater management – maximizing rain’s benefits as a vital resource while minimizing potential rain hazards – to curricula of technical schools and universities will bring future benefits to urban planning, architectural and agricultural projects.


American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA)

International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA)

International Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (IRCSA)

Southern and Eastern Africa Rainwater Network (SearNet)

Ingénieurs du Monde

Safe Water International

Consortium Across the Community to Harvest Water

University of Arizona

Watershed Organisation Trust

Rain Harvesting Pty Ltd


Association pour un environnement CONstruit VIvant et VErt

Rain for All

Integrated Rainwater Management Systems Project for the Ethiopian Highlands

Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association

Dundee UNESCO Centre, University of Dundee

Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association

NGO Forum for Urban Water and Sanitation

Rainwater Harvesting Implementation Network

Groupements pour la Promotion et l’Exploitation des Ressources de l’Environnement (GROPERE)


Kenya Rainwater Association

RainWater Cambodia

Combined Harvesters Ltd.

Watershed Management Group

Ontario Parks Association

The Cabell Brand Center


RainWater Harvesting Ltd.

Rainwater Services

Conseil de gouvernance de l’eau des bassins versants de la rivière Saint-François

Europe Rainwater Catchment Association

Save Our Life – Ghana Foundation


Network of Rural Women Producers Trinidad and Tobago

Green Cross International

Oasis Aquatic Gardens

Rainwater Club

iMAP Africa


Rainwater Collection Solutions, Inc ~ The Original Rainwater Pillow

IWA Rainwater Harvesting and Management Specialist Group

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