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

Section C: Socio-Economic And Political Concerns

Paper C.3

The Planning, Development And Construction Of A Typical RWCS Project Using The Total Concept: A Case Study In The Province Of Capiz

Dr Adhityan Appan, Cornelio
Nanyang Technological Institute Singapore

J Villareal Jr
Capiz Development Foundation The Philippines

Lee Kam Wing
International Development Research Centre (Canada) Singapore


Following the first International Conference in Hawaii in 1982 and a Regional Seminar in Khon Kaen, Thailand in 1983, the establishment of Rain Water Cistern Systems (RWCS) in developing countries seems to have acquired a new lease o€ life. One of the locations with most potential and, most important of all, the right attitude was the Province of Capiz in the Philippines. A preliminary field investigation in 1985 helped to confirm that there was a dire need for potable water in this area. Besides, it helped to identify the critical sizes of tanks required and the most appropriate material. to be used. The Government of the Province of Capiz came out with a proposal. that not only ensured proper participation and self-help of the villagers but also incorporated an excellent system of repayment of capital. Thus, the first set of trial RWCS was introduced with the help of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada in 1986. Following this, the movement gained momentum as there was public acceptance leading to better cooperation amongst the people. To date, not less than 500 tanks have been constructed and are serving the people of Capiz very well. This intense RWCS project, when completed, can be claimed to be one of the largest of its type in the world.

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