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

Section D: Institutional Aspects And Policy Matters

Paper D.1

Educating Civil Engineers About Rain Water Cistern System

Nik Fuaaad Nik Abllah
University Sains Malaysia


Water supply is a topic covered by all civil engineering curricula. Civil engineers must know how to plan, design and implement piped water supply to the community. Rain water cistern system has received little or no attention in most civil engineering curricula than more technically oriented centralised pipe water supply system.

Especially for developing countries where most of the population still lived in remote rural areas, rain water is a vital high quality though low volume source of water supply. Rain water cistern. system may not be the best water supply system but it definitely is the cheapest and most viable alternative for most undeveloped and developing countries.

A unique four-year civil engineering curriculum was drafted for Universiti Sains Malaysia to be offered at the undergraduate degree programme in the 1989-90 academic session. This environmentally inclined curriculum will among other things emphasise the less sophisticated technologies and rain water collection system is one of them.

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