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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 10: Country Reports and Future Outlooks

Page 535

Experience In Rainwater Harvesting-In Tanzania

Mayo A. W.
University of Dar es Salaam


This paper discusses a wide range of experiences onpractical aspects of rainwater harvesting in Tanzania. The discussion covers the prospects and difficulties experienced in aspects such as the cost of rainwater cistern systems, the rainwater quality,. the adequacy of rainwater supply and the feasibility of rainwater cistern system in both urban and rural areas in Tanzania. In most of rainwater cistern systems, the quality of rainwater was found to vary widely largely due to the design and construction of the storage tanks, the consumers user habits and flushing system for first rains. The quality was generally found to be insufficient for full domestic use in most of the rainwater cistern systems and the availability of alternative sources of water was found to influence the rainwater consumers' habits.

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