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

Section C: Design

Paper C.12

Ferrocement Cylindrical Tanks for Rainwater Collection in Rural Areas

S. L. Lee
P Paramasivam
K. C. G. Ong
T. H. Ta
Department of Civil Engineering
National University of Singapore

Lee Kam Wing
International Development Research Centre
Regional Office for Southeast Asia


In rural areas of many developing countries, rainwater is collected for drinking and washing purposes. The need for simple, economical and durable storage facilities which can be constructed by means of locally available construction skills and building materials is self evident. The main objective of this paper is to propose a ferrocement water tank design and attendant construction technique that will ensure durability and long service life. Based on an analysis of the water tanks and test results of the mechanical properties of ferrocement elements, the reinforcement details of two cylindrical tanks of 5m3 and 16rm3 capacities are presented. The tanks were constructed and tested. The test results together with illustrations and photographs showing the construction sequence suitable for rural applications, are presented in this paper.

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