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Guidelines for designing and managing multiple uses of water systems in rural areas in Colombia

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posted on 12.02.2018, 15:10 by Silvia Corrales Marin, Isabel Dominguez, Ines Restrepo-Tarquino
Rural water supply systems in Colombia are planned considering typical urban water uses, ignoring that rural inhabitants use water for domestic and small-scale productive activities, particularly irrigation of small plots (less than 6400 m2) and keeping animals - 20 chickens, 5 pigs, 1 or 2 cows. These activities provide monthly income, in some cases around 590 US$/month, that contributes to family basic needs and sustainability of water supply systems. These benefits are possible by supplying around 213 lpcd for multiple uses. This quantity is slightly higher than the 100-150 liters per capita per day (lpcd) established by Colombian regulation. Allowing multiple uses of water and its benefits requires planning of systems including a variety of water sources (surface water, groundwater, rainwater, fog water and even grey and wastewater), considering technological alternatives to match supply and demand, and implementing managerial strategies to ensure equity and sustainability.



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CORRALES MARIN, S. ... et al, 2011. Guidelines for designing and managing multiple uses of water systems in rural areas in Colombia. IN: Shaw, R.J. (ed). The future of water, sanitation and hygiene in low-income countries - Innovation, adaptation and engagement in a changing world: Proceedings of the 35th WEDC International Conference, Loughborough, UK, 6-8 July 2011, 4p.p.


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