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3rd International Rainwater Cistern Systems Conference
Khon Kaen, Thailand - January, 1987

Section C: Design

Paper C.1

Suitability of Rain Water Cistern System in Malaysia

Nik Fuaad b. Nik Abllah
School of Housing Building and Planning
Universiti Sains Malaysia
11800 Penang


Malaysia is a country gifted with abundant rainfall that is unfortunately unevenly distributed chronologically and geographically Consequently various parts of the country are occasionally afflicted with floods and water shortages.

Nearly half of the country's population living in rural areas is still without piped -water supply. The fact that water supply to rural areas is a low budget priority in the previous Malaysia plans coupled with population densities which are too low for reticulated supplies to be economically justified puts the rural water supply problem into perspective.

In some areas, a solution to the above problem may be the catchment of rain water collected during the wet season to be used in the dry season.

Lastly this paper deals with the suitability and practicality of rain water cistern systems in Malaysia including the design of such a collector using locally available material.

PDF of full document (12pp, 460kb)

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