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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 2.22

Rainwater Harvesting Technologies Practiced in Zambia

Maimbo Mabanga Malesu and George Phiri


Though Zambia receives an annual average rainfall of 1,000 mm, 30% of the rural population and 67% of the urban population have no access to adequate clean drinking water (Study of the water Supply and Sanitation sector, 1991). This has substantially lowered the standard of life for many people. High mortality and morbidity due to diarrhea diseases and parasitic infections are particularly critical in many densely populated squatter compounds and rural areas.

Rainwater harvesting technology, as a rural water supply option for households where other water supply options are not technically and financially feasible, has recently been introduced in Zambia. Demonstration structures are being constructed, and agricultural extension workers and farmers being trained.

This poster presentation illustrates the current traditional and modern rainwater harvesting technologies practiced both in rural and urban areas of Zambia.

PDF of full document (2pp, 11kb)

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