International Conference on Rain Water Cistern Systems
"Rainwater Catchment for Future Generations"
Keelung, Taiwan, R.O.C. - August 1991
6: Socioeconomic Aspects and Cost Analysis
Opportunities For Rainwater
Cistern Systems In Rural Economic Development
Lee Ping Sun Leung Yu-Si Fok
Univ. of Hawaii, USA
National Taiwan Ocean University Taiwan, ROC.
Lack of sufficient supplies of safe drinking water plagues the development
of rural communities. Selecting an appropriate system to supplement freshwater
supplies depends on economic, social, and institutional components of the community.
Rain water cistern systems are recognized as an effective, alternative means for
providing safe drinking water to rural areas worldwide. Rural rainwater cistern
systems are generally government initiated. Successful implementation, however,
requires both community acceptance and community cooperation in the construction
and use of the new systems. This paper examines the relationship between rural
water supply systems and stages of economic development, and suggests opportunities
for implementing rainwater cistern systems to meet rural development goals in
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