International Conference on Rain Water Cistern Systems
"Rainwater Catchment for Future Generations"
Keelung, Taiwan, R.O.C. - August 1991
10: Country Reports and Future Outlooks
Utilization Of Rain
Water In Tanzania
Ministry of Water, Energy and Minerals, Tanzania
Rain water has been in use in Tanzania for ages, but not as a significant source
of rural or urban water supply. Being a poor developing country, it is faced with
,a number of problems which renders services like water supply difficult to achieve
This paper looks at roof top rain water harvesting as a relatively cheap and
appropriate technology that can either solve water scarcity problems or at least
reduce them in Tanzania. It traces the historical background of rain water harvesting
in Tanzania and points out why the method has or hasn't been adapted in different
parts of the country. It looks at the present situation in Tanzania as pertaining
to the availability of water for various uses, both in the rural and urban areas.
It further highlights on the research efforts being currently undertaken in the
country in the area of rain water catchment. The paper attempts to justify the
need of popularising the utilization of rain water in Tanzania, in order to supplement
the conventional waiter supply endeavours by the government.
Finally, the paper points out the problems that have rendered the technology
unpopular in some parts of the country and why it is not widespread as a major
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