Presentation on Rain Water Harvesting in New Zealand

LRWHF organised a presentation by Dr Nalanie Mithraratne on Rain water harvesting experience in New Zealand on Tuesday 19th December 2006 at 2.00 pm at the auditorium of Ministry of Urban Development and Water Supply 3rd floor, Sethsiripaya, Battaramulla.

Dr. Nalanie Mithraratne is a research fellow working in New Zealand. She has done some work on environmental issues of rain water harvesting. She is researching on life cycle resource efficiency of residential infrastructure development. What she trying to find out is over the life of a building (100 years) whether using mains supply systems such as pipe borne water is more environmentally better or rain tanks are better. The same applies for electricity generation using thermal systems, wind generation, battery assisted solar power, etc. and mains sewerage disposal vs. septic tank systems. Her research focus up to now has been urban locations in New Zealand. She has also looked significance water supply in the overall performance of houses in New Zealand and the implications of settlement patterns.

She is quite keen on applying her research and the lessons learned from New Zealand studies for Sri Lankan situations to see whether this European mains supply model is the most suitable for Sri Lanka or not.

Her contacts:     

Dr. Nalanie Mithraratne
Research Fellow
Landcare Research
Private Bag 92170, Auckland
New Zealand

Telephone: +64 9 574 4137
Fax: + 64 9 574 4101
Web site:

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