This paper provides an overview tracing the historical development of rainwater catchment systems in Africa and attempts to establish the current state of the art on the continent.
|Title||A review of the development, current status and future potential of rainwater catchment systems for household supply in Africa|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||1994|
|Pagination||P. 33-42: 1 fig., 1 map, 1 tab.|
|Keywords||africa, botswana, case studies, domestic use, kenya, rainwater harvesting, rainwater storage, water supply|
This paper provides an overview tracing the historical development of rainwater catchment systems in Africa and attempts to establish the current state of the art on the continent. The significance of the present role of\AB rainwater catchment systems technology for the provision of household water supply is assessed, based on evidence from East and Southern Africa. Another topic is the relevance of the technology in supporting the dual goals of\AB sustainable development and self-reliance in Africa. The paper ends by examining the potential future role of rainwater catchment systems in contributing to water supplies in both rural and urban Africa in the 21st century. The\AB most promising designs and implementation strategies currently being adopted are examined using short case studies from Kenya and Botswana.