Connecting water harvesting with people's daily actions in order to drive positive water impact in the urban environment.

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Isn’t it time we stop using drinking water to flush our poop away?

Water harvesting has been around for centuries and is a simple, effective practice. Unfortunately it doesn’t fit well within urban settings due to size, aesthetics and convenience and is not a common practice in cities. Aquatecture Water Harvesting System is a modular system designed to harvest water. It can be retrofitted on existing buildings or incorporated into new builds. It is currently in pilot phase, with test locations in Cape Town and Eindhoven; where efficiency, performance and durability of the panels are tested. Water harvesting is the first step of the project. The panels have been envisioned with a full circular system in mind, one that makes use of existing infrastructure to complete its cycle. Now, after two years of testing, it is time to bring the full vision of the project to fruition. In order to drive effective impact, harvesting water on the outside of our buildings should be directly linked to the activities we do on the inside of our buildings. This can be achieved by connecting the Aquatecture system with the sanitary system of a building, so that people can use harvested water to flush their toilets instead of using clean drinking water. Each time we flush we use around 11 litres of water. According to BBC, children aged 4-8 years should drink 1.1 litres of water per day. This means that we could be saving enough drinking water for 10 children per flush.

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