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TitleLow-cost rainwater harvesting
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsRees, D
Paginationp. 10 - 12; fig.; tab.
Date Published2001-03-01
Place PublishedTeddington, UK
Keywordsrainwater harvesting, rainwater storage

The Development Technology Unit of Warwick University aims to research and promote technologies appropriate for practical use in the Third World. The Unit has recently developed three small jars (between 500 and 750 litres) for rainwater storage. Their aim was to develop a number of safe, low-cost alternatives for rainwater storage. The research work was carried out at Kyera Farm, a training centre for organic farming near Mbarara, Uganda. Three sample tanks were developed at the farm and then ten tanks were built in the nearby village of Kyera. A study is now under way to look at the benefits that such small tanks can bring to the users. Indications from a similar study in western Uganda show that up to 70% or 80% of household water needs can be met with small rainwater jars. Rainwater harvesting works best when rainfall is fairly regular through the year. [authors abstract]

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