The Water Technology firm Davis and Shirtliff has asked the government to consider putting in place a law that will require all new buildings to be fitted with rainwater harvesting systems that divert rainwater into storage tanks.
The Water and Energy solutions company said the installation of the water systems on houses, apartments, offices, schools and industrial sites will reduce consumption and lower water bills.
The Davis and Shirtliff CEO, David Gatende said the government should partner with the private sector to provide water harvesting technologies, as wells as consider changing building plan approvals.
“People respond to legislation and it is the government’s responsibility to nudge people in the right direction,” said Gatende. He observed that in 2012 the Energy Regulatory Commission enacted regulations requiring that premises with hot water demand exceeding 100 litres per day install solar water heating systems to cater for at least 60 per cent of the demand.