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

Section 4: Rainwater Catchment in Agriculture

Paper 4.14

An Economic Analysis of a Rainwater Catchment System on a Farmstead in Sipili, Kenya

Nicholas Kiggundu
Research and Development
Modelworks Contractors Limited
P.O. Box 144, Entebbe


The appropriateness of a Rainwater Catchment System (RWCS) in a given situation depends on costs and benefits relative to alternative water supply systems. In this paper, the benefits-cost analysis of installing a ground catchment system with a multipurpose open lined subsurface tank of 150 m3 on a farmstead in Sipili was carried out. The stored water was used for domestic purposes, watering of two grade dairy cows and supplemental irrigation of a cabbage crop grown on small plots (kitchen gardens). The analysis showed that rainwater catchment system technology is an economically feasible venture.

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