February 10, 2015

Rainwater Catchment to Prevent Flooding in Baguio

When I was younger, I used to draw floor plans of houses - I carefully drew where the kitchen would be, and how the house would look outside. Now, I am in the mood again in designing houses and how I would want my home to look like.

More than the grand staircase and high ceiling, I want a rainwater catchment in my home. 

Rainwater catchment helps in preserving rainwater and reusing it at home - it could be used for irrigation, watering of plants, and other non-potable uses.

I am not sure if there are houses in the city which has rainwater catchment tanks, but the same system was proposed by SM in Baguio City.  The mall plans to build a rainwater catchment tank to capture rainwater. 


After being treated by a sewage treatment plant, the rainwater will be reused by the mall in its operation, instead of sourcing its requirements from the local water district. I think some SM Malls are re-using water in the toilet to conserve consumption, but I am not sure if they are from rainwater catchment. There are only two malls which are successfully using the rainwater catchment system -  SM Masinag in Antipolo and SM BF in ParaƱaque.
The more interesting benefit of this rainwater catchment system is prevention of flooding in Baguio. Although located in an elevated area, the city was submerged during typhoon Helen (2012) and Labuyo (2013).

I hope more and more establishments, businesses and buildings would adapt this kind of water conservation system.

What do you think of the rainwater catchment system?

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