Water in Africa
- Africa, Morocco
by Jennifer Bohman, Souss Massa National Park, Morocco
It is difficult for me to separate water conservation from good management. People are always conservative with the amount of water they use in daily household activities. And although my village is blessed with a functioning well, the family I live with also has a cistern in the house. This cistern is basically a huge rainwater catchment basin that is built under a courtyard; any rain that falls in the concrete courtyard is channeled to this underground well. The father of the household tells me that this water is there "just in case." They use this water for washing clothes.
by Erin Olson, Agadir L'henna, Morocco
Water conservation is definitely encouraged when you have to carry your water from the well. I have several water containers. Some are strictly for drinking; others hold recycled water to be used for washing dishes. Lastly, water is kept to water the animals or water houseplants on rooftop gardens.
by Jessica Seem, Zaouia Village, Morocco
Occasionally, if they think of it, people will use old water from rinsing their hands to water small (and I mean small) gardens near the house. At the spring there is an overflow trough, for water coming out the pipes at the rare time nobody is there to catch it. The trough holds many gallons of water, and people bring their animals here to drink, and women wash their wheat in it. At a spring in another village, where the water in the overflow trough stays cleaner, women wash clothes. They also dig little channels to garden plots, so overflow from the trough is routed to water gardens.