H2O 4 EVERY 1

Jack Rose in Kenya.

Jack Rose in Kenya.

H2O 4 EVERY 1
The RainCatcher Story

by Jack Rose

The One Cent Solution — Water for everyone at no cost to anyone.

While traveling through Africa I don’t look around and say what’s wrong, I only see what’s missing. As far as solving the contaminated drinking water problem, all that’s missing is the hardware — rain gutters and water tanks.

The big breakthrough for me, of course, was listening to Einstein, who said, “A problem cannot be solved at the same level of thinking that created the problem in the first place.”

A paradigm shift is a complete reversal of attitude and perspective – a change of heart and mind.

The problem of a ‘world water shortage’ exists in the perspective of “There isn’t enough — water or money — to solve the problem”. From that point of view, as Einstein said, the problem will never be solved.

The following proposal offers another approach based on this obvious truth: One of the easiest things a human can do is catch rainwater from the sky.

The One Cent Solution: Water for everyone at no cost to anyone.

The way I see it, every building with a roof on it is a potential RainCatcher. All that’s missing are the gutters and water storage tanks. All that’s missing for a solution to happen is the decision to channel funds in this direction.

The cost of one military tank would buy forty thousand water tanks. That’s a lot of water for a lot of thirsty people. The billions that NASA is seeking for the search for water on Mars, if redirected back to earth, would secure water for everyone. Again, all that’s missing for a solution to happen is the decision to channel funds in this direction.

My primary job is to tell the story to inspire this decision to be made. I will not stop until it is done.

Ironically, the story is one of abundance, not lack, for everywhere I traveled I noticed that there wasn’t a shortage of water given, just a shortage of water received. That changes the focus entirely and lets everyone know that this is a solvable problem.

All that is missing for a solution to happen is the decision to channel funds into buying and delivering rain gutters and water tanks.

After demonstrating that there is no shortage of water resources, the next challenge is to do the same with financial resources.

Here’s how I do that: The One Cent Solution: Water for everyone at no cost to anyone.

Each person who can afford a drink of clean water shares a glass with someone who can’t: Allocating one penny per bottled water world-wide will generate billions of dollars. This will place gutters and tanks on every school house in Africa, India, China, everywhere.

“This year, Americans will drink more than 30 billion single-serving bottles of water. We will drink more than nine billion gallons of bottled water, nearly all of it from throwaway plastic bottles.” – Jon Mooallem, The Unintended Consequences of Hyperhydration, New York Times.

It’s possible that those who can afford a clean bottle of water can help others get a drink as well.

Here’s how we do this: The One Cent Solution: Water for everyone at no cost to anyone.

A dollar + for a 20 oz. bottle of water from the local gas station adds up to over $6.00 per gallon. My proposal is to allocate approximately one cent per bottle, or six cents per gallon, to buying clean water for those who can’t afford it. Nine billion gallons of bottled water x .o6 per gallon adds up to 500 million dollars annually to go directly to setting up rain catching systems all over the world.

Neither consumers nor corporations will ever notice the loss of one penny per bottle. If America leads the way and all other nations follow, there will be enough water tanks, rain gutters and filters for everyone who needs clean drinking water. This = H2O 4 EVERY 1 with the coming of the next rains.

Who could say no to that?

A simple and beautiful solution: Each person who can afford a drink of clean water shares a glass with someone who can’t.

Water for everyone at no cost to anyone.

“Together we will always catch rain”

From: David Nyabuto Ogachi

Hi Jack,

Thanks a lot for coming. People are already drinking clean and safe water. They want me to take photos as they drink water and send them to you. I am opening a RainCatcher office at the center where I stay. From here with your help I will make the Bosiango project a model project in Africa you will be proud of. The filters are a miracle, wonderful and perfect. I’m naming my truck RAINCATCHER. This region is wide and has a great potential.

I was born in a poor family 42yrs ago. My father died of amoebic typhoid, a water borne disease. Water diseases are a problem in this place. I’m enrolling for Msc. AGRICULTURAL and RURAL DEVELOPMENT, with an interest in rain water. Rain can be a great tool with which we can develop rural communities and improve lives of our people. You are my mentor. You have taught me a lot about rain water. These days I check emails 2x every week. So send me any message directly. You are a wonderful friend. Together we will always catch rain. God bless. Your friend, David.

Dialogue — “Water for Everyone”

Water for Everyone
The RainCatcher story — Dialogue between a boy and a girl, somewhere in the United States.

by Jack Rose

What if the only water we had to drink came out of the L.A. River?

Or Laguna Creek? or any creek?

What if we lived In Africa and had to walk for hours everyday just to bring water from muddy streams back to our house?

What if we got typhoid or cholera. . . or dysentery?

What if 5 million of us died this year from drinking bad water?

Every year!

What if someone decided this was unacceptable?

What if we started to catch the rain that fell on our school house?

And channeled it through gutters.

And stored it in giant water tanks?

It isn’t rocket science, is it?

But NASA wants billions of dollars to look for water on Mars.

And then during recess, instead of walking a mile or two down the canyon to get a drink from that funky stream. . .

We just opened the tap on the tank outside our classroom and took a big gulp of the best water we’ve ever tasted.

What if all the thirsty kids around the world could do this?

What if the $20 million spent on one military tank was used to buy 40 thousand water tanks?

Then all the thirsty kids around the world would have fresh rainwater to drink instead of the contaminated stuff.

What if we could make that happen?

We can. My friends and I are helping the RainCatcher project right now in Africa.

How?

It’s easy. The people there really want clean water to drink, but they don’t have the right rain catching tools.

Water tanks – rain gutters – filters. It’s just a matter of hardware.

Yea – so the RainCatcher project is setting up the Global Hardware Store.

We are helping to buy the supplies and getting the RainCatchers set up, and before you know it, an entire village is drinking the good stuff.

What if everyone could do this?

We’re working on that.

The goal of RainCatcher is ‘Water for Everyone’

I’ll drink to that.

Global Envision article

Below is a RainCatcher story, Water for everyone, that appeared on globalenvision.org, an initiative of Mercy Corps.

SUCCESS STORIES

Water for everyone

Posted on Global Envision: April 03, 2007

How one individual’s simple discovery, the refreshing taste of pure rainwater, is providing solutions in the developing world.

In Africa, simple solutions are helping provide much needed water. Photo Credit: Jack Rose, Raincatcher.org

In Africa, simple solutions are helping provide much needed water. Photo Credit: Jack Rose, Raincatcher.org

In observance of UN World Water Day on March 22, I talked with an individual who has made accessible drinking water and water conservation his life’s work. Jack Rose, the “RainCatcher” has been helping catch rainwater for use in African villages since 2004.

The rainwater experiment began in Kauai in the late 1990’s. Rose, a native of Southern California, was inspired during an El Niño winter that dumped constant rain on the island. That’s where Jack first began drinking rainwater and, a couple years later, the rainy coastline of Mendocino, California became the “laboratory, from which the RainCatcher projects in Africa were born.”

Since that fated time, Mr. Rose has made it a habit to collect and drink rainwater in his everyday life. He invokes the image of a crazed scientist, drinking from a stainless steel cup as the rain falls. He applied this passion for rainwater collection to his career, where he designs homes in Southern California. Inspired by simple, cost-effective design ideals, Jack began drafting and modeling rainwater collection tanks for home use and landscaping.

Imagine the image of a crazed scientist, drinking from a stainless steel cup as the rain falls.In 2004, Mr. Rose was invited to accompany a project called “Water for Children Africa” to Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa. He saw the dire need for drinking water across the areas he visited and found simple solutions could create extraordinary gains. He used his experience collecting rainwater at home to set up a rudimentary system in the villages that he visited using RainCatcher tents and natural drainage areas. “Maji Ni Maisha”, a Swahili expression for “Water is Life” came to encapsulate Jack’s experience in Africa and reflect the dire importance of water access in many African villages.

A Raincatcher tank being delivered to Bosiango High School. Photo Credit: Jack Rose, Raincatcher.org

A Raincatcher tank being delivered to Bosiango High School. Photo Credit: Jack Rose

As the RainCatcher vision formed, Jack Rose began a partnership with Kenyan Fred Mango and a company called Kentainers, which produces water storage tanks for distribution in Africa. They are now installing their containers at schools across Kenya.

The schools provide an excellent location for the water tanks. They are generally at the center of villages and represent a source of pride for many villagers. Teachers, students and parents are the administrators of the water system once it is installed and are responsible for the security and maintenance of the container and distribution of the water. A complete system consists of a water tank, rain gutters, and a filter. Each system can be installed in one day and one truckload, carrying five tanks, can provide rain collection systems for five schools.

Jack Rose and Fred Mango, from Kentainers, Inc and director of Raincatcher Africa. Photo Credit: Jack Rose, Raincatcher.org

Jack Rose and Fred Mango, from Kentainers, Inc and director of Raincatcher Africa. Photo Credit: Jack Rose

For Jack Rose, the RainCatcher methodology is a simple solution to one of the world’s most urgent problems: “there are many problems in the world that seem unsolvable … this isn’t one of them.” The materials necessary to install five villages with rainwater collection systems cost approximately $4500, including filters. The filters used are made by the Swiss Company Katadyn and cost around $250 each. The filters are an added expense; rainwater does not require filtration, but it can filter out contaminants collected from dust or rooftop surfaces. Additionally, if filters are installed in the rainwater collection devices, the system can also provide a source of clean water during the dry season. After the collected rainfall has been consumed, water from traditional sources like nearby streams and creeks can be filtered through the tank and cleaned for human consumption.

“There are many problems in the world that seem unsolvable … this isn’t one of them.”It is the RainCatcher’s hope that the next generation across the globe will embrace the earth’s natural abundance of water and use it more efficiently to eradicate the water problems of today. The biggest obstacle to this task is awareness. The plight of over one billion people without access to clean water doesn’t receive the attention that is urgently needed to address the situation. Despite efforts by the United Nations and World Water Day activities, the frustration of unequal water distribution remains the fundamental concern for the developing world. In this struggle, Jack Rose describes himself as the world’s waiter, declaring:

“We are told that we should drink 8 glasses of water a day. Whenever you go to a restaurant, or sit down for a meal, there is a glass of water brought to the table. At humanity’s table, however, each day we are 8 billion glasses short, I am simply a waiter carrying as many glasses as I can.”

Fred Mango, Jack's African counterpart in the Raincatcher Africa Project, demonstrates how to use the filters. Photo Credit: Jack Rose

Fred Mango, Jack's African counterpart in the Raincatcher Africa Project, demonstrates how to use the filters. Photo Credit: Jack Rose, Raincatcher.org

An example of the tanks that are donated by Raincatcher Africa to each school, they can hold up to 6000 liters of rainwater for human consumption. Photo Credit: Jack Rose

An example of the tanks that are donated by Raincatcher Africa to each school, they can hold up to 6000 liters of rainwater for human consumption. Photo Credit: Jack Rose, Raincatcher.org

Individuals like Jack Rose are the catalysts of change. He is planning several projects which will help continue his work in Africa and raise awareness about the possibilities of rain collection in both developing and developed countries. One such project is “Water for Everyone,” a film documentary which will tell theRainCatcher story and convey the power of simple solutions globally. You can read more about RainCatcher projects at RainCatcher.org.

Contributed by Lindsay Benson, Project Intern at Global Envision. Lindsay has a MA in International Political Economy from American University and her research focus is in global food policy.

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