Water can be collected from the ground or from roofs and can be used in irrigation or domestic use.
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
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.
The WELL resource centre has produced a factsheet on Rainwater Harvesting.
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
- SamSamWater Climate Tool (precipitation & evaporation)
- SamSamWater Google Earth layers (opens in Google Earth)
- Tutorial: Using free online data to determine catchment boundaries
- SamSamWater UTM Zones Tool
- Volume determination and extreme surface run off
Rainwater Reservoirs above Ground Structures for Roof Catchment
Author: R. Haase, GTZ-GATE, 1989, Pages: 89