Rainwater harvesting describes decentralised water management system that can be installed in houses, institutions and communities. This lecture slides introduce the different components of rainwater harvesting systems (for a thematic overview and possible measures for rural and urban areas, see also precipitation harvesting).
Rainwater Harvesting and Utilisation: An Environmentally Sound Approach for Sustainable Urban Water Management: An Introductory Guide for Decision-Makers
This document serves as guide for decision-makers. It explains the importance of rainwater harvesting in urban areas and includes examples and technology description.GDRC (2002): Rainwater Harvesting and Utilisation: An Environmentally Sound Approach for Sustainable Urban Water Management: An Introductory Guide for Decision-Makers. Kobe: Global Development Research Centre (GDRC) URL [Accessed: 14.03.2011] PDF
This manual offers advice on the construction of different types of storage tanks and includes technical advice for the construction work as well as illustrative sketches.HASSE, R. (1998): Rainwater Reservoirs above Ground Structures for Roof Catchment. Eschborn: German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) GmbH URL [Accessed: 14.03.2011] PDF
Water harvesting has been practiced successfully for millennia in parts of the world – and some recent interventions have also had significant local impact. Yet water harvesting’s potential remains largely unknown, unacknowledged and unappreciated. These guidelines cover a wide span of technologies from large-scale floodwater spreading to practices that collect and store water from household compounds.MEKDASCHI STUDER, R. LINIGER, H. (2013): Water Harvesting. Guidelines to Good Practice. Bern/Amsterdam/Wageningen/Rome: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), Rainwater Harvesting Implementation Network (RAIN), MetaMeta, The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) URL [Accessed: 12.03.2019] PDF