International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference
Catchment: An Answer to the Water Scarcity of the Next Millennium."
Petrolina, Brazil - July 1999
Section 4: Technology of Rainwater Catchment Systems
Barrier to the Effectiveness of Rainwater Catchment
Integrated Pastoral Development Project
P.O. Box 964 Mbarara, Uganda
Guttering often is the weak link in the performance of a
rainwater catchment system. Most of the time, collected rainwater is spilled
before reaching the cistern. Problems range from gutter maintenance to its design.
This paper addresses design issues, locally available materials and the
relationship between rainfall intensity and roof area to gutter cross-sections
area, shape, slope and length. Special consideration is given to aspects of
gutter technology in developing countries.
The paper also recommends suitable measures for promoting
rainwater harvesting techniques in drought prone areas of Uganda and other
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