Makoto Murase

2002 Associate Laureate, Applied Technology
Japan, Born 1949

Project Goal

Recycle rain to satisfy urban water needs

Location: Japan

"Without using urban rainwater, there is no way to support the people without destroying the rural environments that provide the food."

A career civil servant with a Ph.D in pharmaceutical science, Makoto Murase has pioneered the recycling of urban rainwater and is now a global campaigner for utilizing a valuable resource that many of the world’s city-dwellers regard as a nuisance.

Under the slogan "Rainwater tanks for peace, not battle tanks for war", Murase has compiled a Rain Encyclopaedia to help his country and others to make use of this precious supply of water.

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