For centuries, the people of Gansu utilized what little rain there was — they also spent days fetching water, and came to rely on government rationing. Could a new catchment design make all the difference?
The 1-2-1 Rainwater Catchment Project initiated in Gansu Province, China has been running for 10 years now. The remarkable growth – now over 2 million people have benefited – has been charted in earlier editions of Waterlines. This article reports on the impact the project has had in this remote and arid region of north-west China and beyond, as well as the challenges still remaining.