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2nd International Conference on Rain Water Cistern Systems
St Thomas, Virgin Islands - June, 1984

Section B: Cisterns Worldwide

Paper B.1

Existing Rainwater Catchment Methodologies In Southeast Asia And Their Future Development

Dr Adhityan Appan
Nanyang Technological Institute, Singapore


As large-scale water supply schemes are getting to be more and more. capital-intensive, there seems to be a revival of Pain Water Cistern Systems (RWCS) in developing countries. There have been concerted efforts to establish such systems in certain areas of both Indonesia {from 1978) and Thailand (from 1982).

In this paper,. a dissemination of the existing Indonesian and Thai methods of adopting a total approach towards the establishment of RWCS is made. In both these countries, the primary aim has been to identify those locations where the need for drinking water is greatest. Then, with the assistance of mainly non-governmental agencies, villagers are approached. for the planning, mode of construction, financial aspect etc., of the project to be worked out. A community based implementation strategy has always been adopted and, very often, government co-operation has been sought.

Using these field-tested methods, it is proposed to introduce the utilization of RWCS to countries like the Phillipines, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and extend their use in Indonesia.

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