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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 2.25

Rainwater Harvesting in Nigeria: Prospects and Problems

M. K. C. Sridhar, A. O. Coker and S. A. Adegbuyi
Division of Environmental Health
College of Medicine,
Nigeria
email: mkcsridhar@skannet.com

Introduction

Rain water harvesting has become a world wide practice to meet the increasing demand for fresh water. In Nigeria it is widely practiced mostly in the southern part as the rainfall is widespread for over 8 months in a year with mean intensity of 180 to 225 cm. Rain water harvesting is practiced at individual level, household level, community level and occasionally at Local or State government level to augment the dwindling water supplies to urban centers. This study describes the magnitude of rain water harvesting in selected communities in peri-urban areas obtained from a house to house survey, their behavioural practices in harvesting, storage and usage of the rain water, the quality of such waters and design of a sustainable system in one of the study areas.

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