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10th International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference
"Rainwater International 2001"
Mannheim, Germany - September 2001

Section 2: Rainwater Catchment in Humid and Arid Regions

Paper 2.18

Rainwater Harvesting in Grand Turk

Fernando Pérez Monteagudo
Center for Hydraulic Research
Havana
Cuba
email: fperezm@hotmail.com

Introduction

Grand Turk, the capital of Turks and Caicos Islands, with an area of about 18 km2, is a "very small" island. This is the factor that determines the complexity of its water resources management.

It is obvious that sustainability must be the goal of water management in small islands and for this the principles for improving water management endorsed at conferences on water and the environment in Dublin and Rio de Janeiro (GWP, 1998) must be taken into account.

In Grand Turk rainwater is the main source of water supply and is widely developed at the household and community level. It is one of the treasures in water management in the island that is being carefully preserved (Pérez Monteagudo et al, 2000a).

Almost all buildings and houses have their own rainfall collection system composed by roof catchments, gutters and cisterns. A roof frequently also covers these cisterns for catchment purposes.

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