Show simple item record Mercer, Nicholas Hanrahan, Maura 2017-10-31T17:52:00Z 2017-10-31T17:52:00Z 2017
dc.identifier.citation Mercer, N., & Hanrahan, M. (2017). "Straight from the heavens into your bucket": Domestic rainwater harvesting as a measure to improve water security in a subarctic indigenous community. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 76:1, 1312223. doi:10.1080/22423982.2017.1312223 en_US
dc.description Sherpa Romeo green journal: open access en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Black Tickle-Domino is an extremely water-insecure remote Inuit community in the Canadian subarctic that lacks piped-water. Drinking water consumption in the community is less than a third of the Canadian national average. Water insecurity in the community contributes to adverse health, economic, and social effects and requires urgent action. Objectives: To test the ability of domestic rainwater harvesting (DRWH) for the first time in the subarctic with the goal of improving water access and use in the community. Design: This project utilised quantitative weekly reporting of water collection and use, as well as focus group discussions. DRWH units were installed at seven water-insecure households chosen by the local government. Results were measured over a 6-week period in 2016. Results: Participants harvested 19.07 gallons of rainwater per week. General purpose water consumption increased by 17% and water retrieval efforts declined by 40.92%. Households saved $12.70 CDN per week. Participants reported perceived improvements to psychological health. Because no potable water was collected, drinking water consumption did not increase. The study identified additional water-insecurity impacts. Conclusion: DRWH cannot supply drinking water without proper treatment and filtration; however, it can be a partial remedy to water insecurity in the subarctic. DRWH is appropriately scaled, inexpensive, and participants identified several significant benefits. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en_US
dc.subject Indigenous en_US
dc.subject Health en_US
dc.subject Water en_US
dc.subject Security en_US
dc.subject Subarctic en_US
dc.subject Canada en_US
dc.subject Rainwater harvesting en_US
dc.subject Drinking water en_US
dc.subject Psychological stress en_US
dc.subject Indigenous communities en_US
dc.subject Black Tickle-Domino en_US
dc.subject Water insecurity en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Water security--Newfoundland and Labrador
dc.subject.lcsh Drinking water--Newfoundland and Labrador
dc.subject.lcsh Water harvesting--Newfoundland and Labrador
dc.subject.lcsh Inuit--Newfoundland and Labrador
dc.subject.lcsh Inuit--Health and hygiene--Newfoundland and Labrador
dc.title "Straight from the heavens into your bucket": domestic rainwater harvesting as a measure to improve water security in a subarctic indigenous community en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Native American Studies en_US
dc.description.peer-review Yes en_US
dc.publisher.institution University of Waterloo en_US
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en_US

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