Gauteng and NW Province

Raising citizens’ awareness

Extract from ‘Water for Life’ UN-Water Best Practices Award
Category 1. Basin wide groundwater management using the system of nature: Kumamoto city, Japan

Groundwater conservation cannot be achieved only by increasing recharge capacity. Kumamoto City is raising awareness among its citizens to reduce the use of water in the city. With corporate efforts, the groundwater pumping regulations imposed on major groundwater users, and the decline of agriculture, the overall groundwater pumping has steadily decreased since the 1980s year by year.
However, due to lifestyle changes, the use of groundwater in everyday life is showing increasing tendencies.
Kumamoto City has carried out various initiatives to emphasize the importance of saving water. At the beginning of the 2008, the city designated three months from July to September as the ‘Water Saving Months’, disclosing the amount of daily water use per person and promoting the use of water-saving devices.
On April 1st, 2012, local residents, private sectors and the city government went above and beyond their respective positions and came together to form a new organization devoted to the sustainable groundwater management. With the Kumamoto Groundwater Council as its parent organization, the Kumamoto Groundwater Foundation was incorporated and established. The Kumamoto Groundwater Foundation aims to harmonize the water usage practices of the entire community by improving the maintenance, quality and circulation of the local water supply and recognize groundwater as an important underground natural resources of the area.
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