EGU22-3063
https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu22-3063
EGU General Assembly 2022
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Investigating the water supply potential of traditional rainwater harvesting techniques used – A case study for the Municipality of Western Mani

Maria Nikolinakou1, Konstantina Moraiti1, Aimilia Siganou1, David Markantonis1, G.-Fivos Sargentis1, Theano Iliopoulou1, Panayiotis Dimitriadis1, Ilias Taygetos Meletopoulos2, Nikos Mamassis1, and Demetris Koutsoyiannis1
Maria Nikolinakou et al.
  • 1Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, School of Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens
  • 2School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens

Water availability is a critical issue for growing local communities. For example, in the Municipality of Western Mani (western Peloponnese, Greece) tourist development has caused scarcity of water intensifying during the summer period. In this context, multiple solutions are being studied in order to assist the local communities of Western Mani to deal with this situation.

This study focuses on traditional water harvesting structures and more specifically cisterns. In the past, a cistern was present nearby or almost at every house, collecting rain water so as to cover the various needs of the inhabitants, including human consumption and irrigation. However, although cisterns today have fallen into disuse due to the developments of modern water supply systems, they remain an important part of cultural heritage and an architectural element of great interest.

In this work, we evaluate the potential of traditional water infrastructures to cover domestic needs employing the method of stochastic simulation based on hydrological data and by also taking into account traditional architecture.

How to cite: Nikolinakou, M., Moraiti, K., Siganou, A., Markantonis, D., Sargentis, G.-F., Iliopoulou, T., Dimitriadis, P., Meletopoulos, I. T., Mamassis, N., and Koutsoyiannis, D.: Investigating the water supply potential of traditional rainwater harvesting techniques used – A case study for the Municipality of Western Mani, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-3063, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu22-3063, 2022.

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