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9th International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference
"Rainwater Catchment: An Answer to the Water Scarcity of the Next Millennium."
Petrolina, Brazil - July 1999

Section 1: Strategy for Rainwater Utilization in the Next Millennium

Paper 1.7

Rainwater Catchment in Nepal: An Answer to the Water Scarcity of the Next Millennium

Ramesh C. Bohara
Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project
Lumbini Zone Nepal


For the past two decades, provision of safe drinking water facilities for people has been given high priority by both government and non-governmental agencies. Water has been brought closer to communities thus saving peoples' time and energy.

Catchment and utilization of the tremendous natural rainwater sources would be one of the right choices in Nepal's present context. Advantages of utilizing rainwater could be summed up: Women and children benefit first, quality of rainwater can be maintained with simple and minimum efforts, catchment systems are independent on a household level, simple construction and easy maintenance, low environmental impacts, reduction of soil erosion and flood hazards by intercepting roof run off and improvement of the ground water table due to reduction in abstraction.

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