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4th International Conference on Rain Water Cistern Systems
Manila , Philipines - August, 1989

Section A: Overview

Paper A.1

The International Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Decade (1981-1990) and the Progresses of Rain Water Cistern Systems

Yu-Si Fok
Water Resources Research Center University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawii


Rain water cistern systems have been used far domestic water supply as early as 2000 B.C. in the Middle East. They are developed to suit various life styles of their users in different environmental conditions.

By an unplanned coincidence, the First International Conference on Rain Water Cistern Systems was organized by the write during the beginning of the International Drinking Water Supply Decade (1981-1990). Subsequent ly, a series of conferences was followed. This paper reviews recent progress in rain water cistern systems' planning, design, development and management in some Pacific and Asian countries. So that their efforts to meet the Water Decade's goal: to provide all people with safe water in sufficient quantity and means to safely dispose of human waste, can be assessed. Proceedings of the 1st 2nd, and 3rd International Conference on Rain Water Cistern Systems are the main reference sources. Successful case studies are analyzed for the possible application to island countries in the Pacific.

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