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Rainwater Harvesting

Water can be collected from the ground or from roofs and can be used in irrigation or domestic use.

General Resources

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Building Small-scale Water-harvesting Dams

  • guides and manuals
  • English

North Darfur faces acute deficit in its water. The need for water has forced farmers to try and adapt their...

M. M. Fidiel, Published by Practical Action Sudan on 06/02/05

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Cement Mortar Jar

  • fact sheet
  • English

This case study is taken from 'Rainwater Harvesting'. This water container was originally developed in Thailand but...

Dia Rees, Published by Practical Action on 05/01/11

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Domestic Rainwater Harvesting Tank: Training Module

  • guides and manuals
  • English

A manual on how to train people in the construction of a ferrocement "pumpkin" water tank.

Published by Janathakshan on 11/03/11

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Jarre en Mortier de Ciment

  • fact sheet
  • French

Cette étude de cas vient de la 'collecte des eaux de pluie'. Cette citerne d'eau a été à l'origine mise au point en...

Published by Practical Action on 02/14/13

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Le Réservoir Citrouille Du Sri Lanka

  • fact sheet
  • French

Un réservoir d'eau de pluie de petite taille promu par la World Bank au Sri Lanka.

Dai Rees, Published by Practical Action on 02/12/13

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Rainwater Harvesting

  • fact sheet
  • English

This technology is used in places where conventional water supply systems are not provided, are too expensive, or...

Dia Rees, updated by Shafiul Ahmed, Published by Practical Action on 05/02/08

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Rainwater Harvesting in Uganda

  • case study
  • English

The basic goal of the DRIP Project is to promote a cheap and effective way of harvesting rainwater as a means of...

Andrew Herod, Published by DRIP Uganda on 02/01/09

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Run-off Rainwater Harvesting

  • fact sheet
  • English

Run-off rainwater harvesting developed in Sri Lanka to enhance rural livelihoods.

Published by Practical Action South Asia on 05/18/08

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Sand Dams

  • fact sheet
  • English

Sand dams are a means of capturing water in arid and semi-arid regions where erratic rains are trapped in river sands.

Published by Practical Action Eastern Africa on 03/10/08

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The Sri Lankan Pumpkin Tank: A Case Study

  • fact sheet
  • English

A small scale roof water harvesting tank promoted in Sri Lanka by the World Bank.

Dai Rees, Published by Practical Action on 02/02/98

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The Underground Brick Dome Tank, Sri Lanka - A Case Study

  • fact sheet
  • English

This RWH system was developed by the CWSSP programme in Sri Lanka. The tank, a 5m cubed underground brick built...

Dai Rees, Published by Practical Action on 01/01/98

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Underground Rainwater Harvesting

  • fact sheet
  • English

Rainwater storage tanks can make an important contribution to water supplies in semi arid regions. This technical...

Douglas Gumbo, Published by Practical Action Southern Africa on 02/19/09

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Water Harvesting in Sudan

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In semi arid zones such as North Darfur where the rainfall is concentrated over short periods of time, Various...

Published by Practical Action Sudan on 05/05/10

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Further information on Practical Action’s work in this area can be found on the Rainwater Harvesting section of the Practical Action website.

Practical Action Published Books

Rainwater Harvesting
This book looks at the collection of rainfall and runoff in rural areas, with an emphasis on the importance of social, economic, and environmental considerations in planning and implementing projects.

Rainwater Catchment Systems for Domestic Supply
This guide focuses on the design, construction and implementation of roof and ground catchment rainwater harvesting systems to meet either total or supplementary household water requirements.

External Sources

WELL

The WELL resource centre has produced a factsheet on Rainwater Harvesting.

SamSamWater

SamSamWater Rainwater Harvesting Tool. The Rainwater Harvesting Tool is a free online tool enabling people to calculate the optimal dimensions of a rain water harvesting tank for any location worldwide.

You can access the tool at http://www.samsamwater.com/rain

Alternativly, you can download the free app from the Google Play store (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.b24.samsamwater).

More tools are available from SamSamWater

GTZ-GATE
Rainwater Reservoirs above Ground Structures for Roof Catchment

Author: R. Haase, GTZ-GATE, 1989, Pages: 89

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