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Rainwater Harvesting Design

Information that will help you with the design and building of rainwater harvesting systems.

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    Domestic Rainwater Harvesting

    Domestic RWH is a simple mechanism to collect and store rainwater mainly for drinking and cooking. It may be household based or community based. The system uses a collection surface such as a roof, gutters to guide the rainwater, and a container to store the water. This paper involves domestic RWH only. We must remember […]

    Small Community Water Supplies

    This book is a very good place to start learning about building a water supply. It covers all the things that you will need to know about sourcing water including rain water harvesting, spring, wells and surface water. It also has sections on water quality and treatment. This book is made available here as PDF […]

    Roof Water Harvesting

    The most detailed and complete manual on domestic rainwater harvesting we could find in the entire world, by the IRC. ‘Rainwater harvesting’ is a widely used term covering all those techniques whereby rain is intercepted and used ‘close’ to where it first reaches the earth. The term has been applied to arrangements to cause rainfall to percolate […]

    Rainwater Reservoirs for Roof Catchment

    A GTZ manual detailing different catchment possibilities, tank designs, guttering and downpipes for domestic rainwater harvesting. This manual offers advice on a more professional approach towards rainwater catchment and the construction of different types of reservoirs. It also offers a selection of the most appropriate reservoir types and gives technical advice for the construction work. […]