Determining the Households’ Perceptions about Rainwater in Cagayan Valley Region, Philippines

Geraldine J. Paguigan and Rowena M. Del Rosario

Rainwater harvesting is an old practice that is being adopted by many developed countries. The Philippines has an enormous amount of rainwater, but only about 4% are collected. This study determined the households' perceptions about rainwater, which involved 238 households from four provinces in Cagayan Valley Region, Philippines. The survey revealed that most families considered rainwater as the best alternative source of water, aside from tapped water. However, most of the households perceived that rain is unsuitable for drinking, which explains the reason why most utilized it for domestic purposes like watering the plants, washing, and cleaning. The result of the study reveals that household’s perceptions influences the usage and utilization of rainwater. The researcher recommends teaching the community how to manage and to treat rainwater to maximize usage and to have an accessible, independent, and sustainable supply of water, including as a source of potable water for household consumption.

Volume 12 | 08-Special Issue

Pages: 233-238

DOI: 10.5373/JARDCS/V12SP8/20202521