2021-10-27Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.18452/26960
Conventional and makeshift rainwater harvesting in rural South Africa: exploring determinants for rainwater harvesting mode
In underserved rural areas, domestic rainwater harvesting has been gaining importance as an alternative water source. In rural South Africa, however, less than 1% of households use conventional rainwater harvesting systems. Instead, a household survey in KwaZulu-Natal reveals that many households harvest rainwater in a makeshift manner, using homemade gutters and drums. Statistical analysis shows that high income, a brick house with straight gutters and good water services facilitate conventional rainwater harvesting, while a household with only round huts is easily trapped into makeshift rainwater harvesting. For upscaling rainwater harvesting in rural areas, housing types need to be considered.
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This article was supported by the Open Access Publication Fund of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.