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DTU Publications on Rainwater Harvesting

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T.H. Thomas and D.B. Martinson, "Roofwater Harvesting: A Handbook for Practitioners", bound copies and free pdf dowload available from the publisher's site

The main internal publications of the DTU are Working Papers, Technical Releases and Research Notes. Most DTU publications are available here for download in a number of formats and hard copies of Working Papers are available free on request to the DTU. Technical Releases will also be sent free on request but only to addressees in developing countries.

  • Technical Releases contain descriptions of designs/techniques for use by manufacturers, extension agents and users of equipment, written in fairly simple English to make them more accessible to technicians speaking other languages

  • Working Papers are used for descriptions of research findings and are written for a "professional" audience: comments are welcome. In some cases revised versions are subsequently published in outside journals.

  • Externaly reviewed publications have mainly been published in books, journal articals and conference proceedings. When available, we provide a link to the published document and where there is a cost for the publication and copywrite restrictions allow, a free copy of the final draft submitted before publication. Other externally reviewed publications available here are substantive Project Reports which have been presented to various sponsors of our work and post-graduate theses.

  • Research Notes are smaller outputs from our research,progress reports of research undertaken by the DTU but as yet incomplete, case study material, and exceptional undergraduate research reports. Often these notes form the basis of fuller Working Paper. This section also contain



Technical Releases

TR-RWH 01 Partially-below-ground tank for rainwater storage (2000) Abstract

Full document (16pp, 650kb) (PDF Document)

TR-RWH 02 Single-skin, externally reinforced, cylindrical, brick tank (6 cubic metres) (1999) Abstract

Full document (9pp, 750kb) (PDF Document)

TR-RWH 04 Low-cost, thin-shell, 2m diameter ferrocement tank cover (2000) Abstract

Full Document (12pp, 570kb) (PDF Document)

TR-RWH 05 The tarpaulin tank - 6 cubic metre, very low-cost tank for rainwater storage (2000) Abstract Full Document
TR-RWH 06 The ferrocement jar (2000) Abstract

Full document (14pp, 550kb) (PDF Document)

TR-RWH 07 The brick jar (2000) Abstract

Full document (14pp, 480kb) (PDF Document)

TR-RWH 08 The plastic tube tank (2000) Abstract

Full document (11pp, 600kb) (PDF Document)

TR-RWH 09 Low cost handpumps for water extraction from below ground water tanks (2000) Abstract  Full document (28pp, 490kb) (PDF Document)
TR-RWH 10 Rain-Jar Handbook: Production and Use of Mortar Rainwater Jars (2006) Abstract

Full document (27pp, 360kb) (PDF Document)


Working Papers

WP45 Preliminary Study of Rainwater Harvesting in Mid-West Uganda (1995) Abstract

Full Document: (8pp, 200kb) (PDF Document)

WP49 Underground Storage of Rainwater for Domestic Use (1997) Abstract

Full Document: (43pp, 4.5Mb) (PDF Document)

WP50 Guttering Design for Rainwater Harvesting (1997) Abstract

Full Document: (22pp, 240kb) (PDF Document)

WP55 Very low cost Roofwater Harvesting in East Africa (2000) Abstract

Full Document: (71pp, 1.0Mb) (PDF Document)

WP56 The Optimum Sizing of Gutters for Domestic Roofwater Harvesting (2002) Abstract

Full Document: (43pp, 650kb) (PDF Document)


Externally Reviewed

Thomas, BRI 26(2), 1998 Domestic water supply using rainwater harvesting Abstract Paper from the journal
Rees & Thomas, 25th WEDC Conf., 1999 Domestic roofwater harvesting in the humid tropics Abstract Paper from the conference site
Thomas & Rees, 9th IRCSA Conf., 1999 Affordable Roofwater Harvesting in the Humid Tropics Abstract Paper from the conference site
Thomas, Waterlines 18(3), 2000 Where is roofwater harvesting going? Abstract Paper from the journal
Thomas & Rees, 10th IRCSA Conf., 2001 Roofwater Catchment for the Rural Poor Abstract Paper from the conference site
Thomas, 3rd Brazil Symp. RWC, 2001 Choosing Rainwater Tanks For The Sertao Abstract Paper from the conference site
Martinson et. al., 28th WEDC Conf., 2002 Reducing rainwater harvesting system cost Abstract  
Martinson & Thomas, 28th WEDC Conf., 2002 Economically Viable Domestic Roofwater Harvesting Abstract Paper from the conference site
Thomas, City Matters, 2002 Catching the Rain on a City Abstract Article from the magazine site
Still & Thomas, 11th IRCSA Conf., 2003 Sizing and optimally locating guttering for rainwater harvesting Abstract Paper from the conference site
Martinson & Thomas, 11th IRCSA Conf., 2003 Improving water quality by design Abstract Paper from the conference site
Martinson & Thomas, 11th IRCSA Conf., 2003b The Rainwater Harvesting Ladder Abstract Paper from the conference site
Thomas, 11th IRCSA Conf., 2003 Domestic Roofwater Harvesting in the Tropics: the State of the Art Abstract Paper from the conference site
Martinson & Thomas, 1st ARCSA Conf., 2003 Roofwater Harvesting: A serious water supply option for low-income countries Abstract
Martinson & Lucey, J. Hydr. Engrg. 130(1), 2004 Reduction of Mixing in Jet-Fed Water Storage Tanks Abstract Paper from the journal
Thomas & Kiggundu, 30th WEDC Conf., 2004 Constraints to domestic roofwater harvesting uptake in Uganda: An assessment Abstract Paper from the conference site
Martinson & Thomas, 12th IRCSA Conf., 2005 Low-Cost Inlet Filters For Rainwater Tanks Abstract Paper from the conference site
Martinson & Thomas, 12th IRCSA Conf., 2005b Quantifying the first flush phenomenon Abstract Paper from the conference site
Way & Thomas, 12th IRCSA Conf., 2005 Slow Sand Filtration Within Rainwater Tanks Abstract Paper from the conference site
Thomas, Waterlines 24(4), 2006 Roofwater Harvesting in Africa Abstract Paper from the journal
Thomas & Martinson, Handbook, IRC 2007 Roofwater Harvesting: A Handbook for Practitioners Abstract Bound copies and a free pdf version from publisher's site
Still, PhD Thesis, 2007 Methods for Reducing the Cost of Cementitious Building Components in Developing Countries, with Particular Reference to Rainwater Harvesting Abstract

Full Document (280pp,30Mb) (PDF Document)

Martinson, PhD Thesis, 2008 Improving the Viability of Roofwater Harvesting in Low-Income Countries Abstract

Full Document (355pp, 4.1Mb) (PDF Document)

Reports to the European Union:

Current Technology for Storing Domestic Rainwater (1999)

  Full Document (55pp, 630kb) (PDF Document)
  Research into single skin, externally reinforced, brick tanks and low-cost, thin-shell, ferrocement tank cover (1999)   Full Document (45pp, 1.1Mb) (PDF Document)
  Stabilised Soil Tanks for Rainwater Storage (2000)   Full Document (51pp, 900kb) (PDF Document)
  Recommendations for designing Rainwater harvesting system tanks (2001)   Full Document (36pp, 620kb) (PDF Document)
  Attitudes towards Rainwater Harvesting (1999)   Full Document (8pp, 47kb) (PDF Document)
  Domestic Rainwater Harvesting: Perceptions of Water Professionals and the way forward (1999)   Full Document (8pp, 30kb) (PDF Document)
  The inclusion of domestic roofwater harvesting in a national water legislation framework (2001)   Full Document (31pp, 150kb) (PDF Document)
 

DRWH Water Quality: A Literature Review (1999)

  Full Document (70pp, 770kb) (PDF Document)
 

DRWH and Insect Vectors: A Literature Review (1999)

  Full Document (18pp, 150kb) (PDF Document)
 

Water Quality In Domestic Roof Water Harvesting Systems (2000)

  Full Document (39pp, 190kb) (PDF Document)
 

DRWH Design & Insect Breeding (2001)

  Full Document (17pp, 90kb) (PDF Document)
 

Household Water Security in Sri Lanka Using Domestic Roof Water Harvesting (1998)

  Full Document (35pp, 160kb) (PDF Document)
 

Concept Of Water Security Entailing Domestic Roof Water Harvesting (1999)

  Full Document (40pp, 200kb) (PDF Document)
 

Current Rural Water Security Practices with DRWH (2000)

  Full Document (40pp, 180kb) (PDF Document)
 

Household strategies for operating total and partial drwh to achieve water security under stress conditions recommended practices (2000)

  Full Document (23pp, 300kb) (PDF Document)
 

Domestic roof water harvesting and water security in the humid tropics (2001)

  Full Document (43pp, 260kb) (PDF Document)
Reports to the DFID

Inception Report

 

Full Document (44pp, 400kb) (PDF Document)

 

Very Low Cost Domestic Roofwater Harvesting in the Humid Tropics:Existing Practice

 

Full Document (106pp, 900kb) (PDF Document)

 

Very Low Cost Domestic Roofwater Harvesting in the Humid Tropics:Constraints and Problems

 

Full Document (38pp, 650kb) (PDF Document)

 

New Technology for Very-Low-Cost Roofwater Harvesting

  Full Document (25pp, 570kb) (PDF Document)
 

Very-Low-Cost Domestic Roofwater Harvesting in the Humid Tropics: User Trials

 

Full Document (47pp, 600kb) (PDF Document)

 

Very-Low-Cost Domestic Roofwater Harvesting in the Humid Tropics: Its Role in Water Policy

  Full Document (14pp,340kb) (PDF Document)

Research Notes

RN-RWH 01 Very-Low-Cost Domestic Roofwater HarvestingSystems: Social and Gender Analysis Abstract Full Document: (18pp, 180kb) (PDF Document)
RN-RWH 02 Social and Gender Analysis: Findings from the Inception Phase Abstract Full Document: (18pp, 110kb) (PDF Document) 
RN-RWH 03 Rainwater Jar Programme in North East Thailand Abstract Full Document: (12pp, 120kb) (PDF Document)
RN-RWH 04 About the the rainwater tank performance calculator Abstract Full Document: (12pp, 120kb) (PDF Document)
RN-RWH 05 Domestic Water Supply using Runoff from the Roofs of Institutional Buildings Abstract Full Document: (12pp, 120kb) (PDF Document)
Still, 2004 Strength of cementitious mortars: a literature review with special reference to weak mortars in tension Abstract Full Document: (25pp, 470kb) (PDF Document)
Case Study 1 The Sri Lankan Pumpkin Tank
Full Document
Case Study 2 Underground Brick Dome Tank - Sri Lanka
Full Document
Case Study 3 3.0 cubic metre Brick Built Storage Tank, Sri Lanka
Full Document
Case Study 4 10,000 litre Partially Below Ground Tank, Sri Lanka
Full Document
Case Study 5 10 cubic metre ferrocement tank, Nagercoil, India
Full Document
Case Study 6 Underground rainwater storage cistern - 4 to 10 cubic metres, Uganda
Full Document
Case Study 7 10 cubic metre ferrocement water tank using former
Full Document
Case Study 8 Factory made tanks, 1 to 25m cubic metre capacity, New Zealand
Full Document
Case Study 9 RWH in the barrios of Tegucigalpa
Full Document
Case Study 10 Cement mortar jar, 1.0 cubic metre capacity
Full Document
Case Study 11 Twelve cubic metre ferrocement water tank, Thailand
Full Document
Case Study 12 Twelve and 14 cubic metre brick water tanks, Thailand
Full Document
Case Study 13 The Green Shop RWH systems, UK
Full Document
Case Study 14 Rainwater Harvesting in Cambodia - small storage capacity jars and tanks
Full Document
Case Study 15 Ferrocement tanks made with mould - UNICEF, India
Full Document
Case Study 16 Experimental Stabilised soil block tanks in Kampala, Uganda
Full Document
Case Study 19 Plastic lined bamboo tanks in India - 1,500 - 23,000 litre capacity
Full Document
Case Study 20 6000 litre Tarpaulin-lined Tank from Southern Uganda - ACORD from 1997
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Constantine, UGP, 2001 Undergraduate Project Report - Cracking in Waterproof Mortars Abstract

Full Document: (78pp, 270kb) (PDF Document)

Still, UGP, 2001 Undergraduate Project Report - Flow in Gutters & Downpipes Abstract

Full Document: (78pp, 270kb) (PDF Document)

Whitehead, UGP, 2001 Undergraduate Project Report - Development and Selection of Low Cost Handpumps for Domestic Rainwater Water Tanks in E. Africa Abstract

Full Document: (65pp, 1.3Mb) (PDF Document)

Manson, UGP, 2000 Undergraduate Project Report - Reducing Mixing Effects In Water Storage Tanks Abstract

Full Document: (54pp, 360kb) (PDF Document)

Turner, UGP, 2000 Undergraduate Project Report - Design of Rainwater Storage Tanks for use in Developing Countries Abstract

Full Document: (72pp, 2.0Mb) (PDF Document)