International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference
Mannheim, Germany - September 2001
Catchment in Humid and Arid Regions
Potential of Rainwater Cistern Systems for Bluefields, Nicaragua
Don H. Waller, E. Armijos-Luna, R.S. Scott
Centre for Water Resources Studies
Bluefields, located on the east coast of Nicaragua, has a current population
of approximately 38,000, which is expected to increase by the year 2024
to approximately 96,000.
There are currently 5,340 dwellings and 249 other buildings in Bluefields;
these numbers are estimated to increase to 18,900 dwellings and 630 other
buildings by 2024.
Current water sources are:
- an unreliable public supply that serves about 7 percent (about 2,700
persons) of the population
- shallow wells, of limited capacity and uncertain quality, that serve
most of the population outside of the downtown core
- private water vendors, who provide in the downtown core a drinking
water supply that is considered to be reliable in terms of quantity
and quality, but very expensive
- collected rain water, which is used for cleaning and laundry by an
estimated 20 percent of the population (about 7,600 persons), but only
a small percentage of this use (in larger dwellings, schools, hotels)
is in buildings that have gutters and rainwater storage.
There are no known examples of use of rainwater as a potable supply
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