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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 6: Gender and Community Related Aspects of Rainwater Catchment

Paper 6.5

Rainwater Catchment: Women and Gender Participation in Zimbabwe

Sipiwe Dewa
15259 Nkulumane 12
P.O. Nkulumane
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Fax: 263-09-79304 or 64935


Rainwater catchment and storage have been successfully utilized by people all over the world. Any form or size of container has been used to harvest and store water from roofs made of iron sheets, asbestos and grass thatch. Many systems of rainwater catchment have been designed over the years. These systems however can work well only when they are adapted to suit specific environments in which they are placed. Experience has shown that no one technical solution can be applied throughout one country. Technical solutions must be adapted to suit local environments and local financial resources and also suit traditional skills in construction and facility use behavior of the population. The following paper shows how these questions were solved in the towns of Beitbridge, Plumtree and Mberengwa in Zimbabwe.

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