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TitlePublic standpipe design and maintenance for rural South Africa
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsHaarhoff, J, Rietveld, L
Paginationp. 6-14 : 13 fig.
Date Published2009-04-01
Keywordsconstruction, costs, design, guidelines, maintenance, public standposts, rural supply systems, sdiwat, south africa

This paper makes some suggestions towards the improved design of public standpipes, which contribute about 1% or less to the overall cost of rural water-supply systems. The paper systematically enumerates the many, often straightforward factors that determine the eventual level of service provided by the public standpipe. The results of three field surveys conducted in 21 Venda villages during 2006, 2007 and 2008 illustrate these factors. A number of quantitative guidelines become evident. Finally, the paper shows that significant improvements can be made to standpipe design, construction and maintenance with a negligible impact on the overall cost of rural water-supply systems.

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