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Capetonian Andy Cunninghame has over a 100 days of water storage that he has gathered by harvesting rainwater at home.

Cunninghame is a mechanical engineer and government official at the Western Cape Department of Health.

He explains that his household had managed to stop using municipal water for several months using his system.

I've put the rainwater harvesting system in at my home. I put the water in my swimming pool which I use as a reservoir.

Andy Cunninghame, Departmental Energy Champion at Western Cape Government Health

I filter the water and make it into potable water for domestic use.

Andy Cunninghame, Departmental Energy Champion at Western Cape Government Health

His household had to temporarily return to using municipal water, after months of being off the grid, because of the dry spell over the past two weeks.

He explains that some of the water he has stored is being saved for if the City of Cape Town increases the disaster level.

After the weekend rainfall, his home will return to completely using rainwater.

I've been off the system for a number of months.

Andy Cunninghame, Departmental Energy Champion at Western Cape Government Health

The trick is you need some water storage.

Andy Cunninghame, Departmental Energy Champion at Western Cape Government Health

We even drink the water.

Andy Cunninghame, Departmental Energy Champion at Western Cape Government Health

Take a listen to him explain how he utilises rainwater effectively in his home:

This article first appeared on CapeTalk : This Cape Town man has been off the water grid by harvesting rainwater at home

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