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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 11: Technical Short Papers

Page 744

Water Harvesting Practises in North-east Iran (an overview)

A. Koocheki
Ferdowsi University, Iran


Water harvesting is a process of collecting and storing water from an area that has been treated or covered to increase precipitation runoff. The collected water is stored in a suitable container for domestic use or it is used for agricultural purposes. The latter in normally :referred to as runoff farming and is used to provide water for the growing crops

Much of the early history of rainwater harvesting has its origin in Europe. The Romans achieved considerable control of runoff by building structures to modify the outflow of lakes. Runoff vas collected for the primary purpose of running watermills, forming fish ponds or for recreational purposes. Rain water harvesting techniques for agriculture were extensively practised throughout a vast region of North America, South America, North Africa, Middle East, China and India. This technique was flourished in Negev desert during the days of Roman Empire, when the Roman trade mute to the East passed through the area

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