The second Rainwater Doctors Program was launched in August to promote the use of rainwater harvesting facilities according to building type and function, and to inform citizens who want to reuse rainwater but are not sure how. The Rainwater Doctors appointed this year will carry out their duties from August 2014 to June 2016, and the program will be operated through voluntary participation and talent donation by citizens.
A rainwater harvesting facility is an eco-friendly technology that allows the reuse of rainwater. After all the rainwater is collected in a tank on the roof of the building, it goes through a simple water treatment process and can be used for various purposes, such as watering vegetable gardens, landscaping, and cleaning bathrooms and floors in buildings. However, the facilities are not yet widely used, since most citizens are unfamiliar with and inexperienced at maintaining and using the facilities.
The Rainwater Doctors will serve as consultants, providing detailed information on rainwater harvesting facilities and helping those citizens who are unfamiliar with reusing rainwater.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government expects that the rainwater reuse system will be great for urban farmers who know that rainwater is better for agriculture than tap water. Also, the city government hopes that this measure will help Seoul become a healthy water-cycle city cycle.