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5th International Conference on Rain Water Cistern Systems
"Rainwater Catchment for Future Generations"
Keelung, Taiwan, R.O.C. - August 1991

Section 3: Catchment and Storage System Designs

Page 87

Proposal For Disseminating Ferrocement Rainwater Tank Technology In The Province Of Capiz The Philippines

Lee Kam Wing
International Development Research Centre (Canada), Singapore

Adhityan Appan
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Ferrocement has been used as the sole building material in the, construction of 30 rainwater cisterns which constitute the pilot project for introducing rainwater catchment systems in the Province of Capiz. These tanks which were built in three localized areas have been successfully tested for their structural stability and their use has been found to be socially acceptable. The main objectives of the current proposal are to disseminate the acquired ferrocement technology to communities throughout Capiz and to extend the number of, tanks by a further 540. Selected members of the target communities will be trained and communication materials will be designed, tested and produced to support the dissemination activities. A revolving fund w:.ll provide loans to families who want to build tanks but do not have the resources to purchase the construction material required. Health education and communication organization elements will also be built into the project activities to ensure that the ferrocement tanks will have the desired impact in improving the health of the communities and that the technology is fully adopted through a participatory approach by members of various communities.

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