Estimating population for a water project

Estimating a population for a water supply project can be difficult. It involves understanding some generally-accepted rules of thumb for population estimation, and more importantly, community-supplied information related to their cultural characteristics and economic circumstances.

A good place to start is with Arnalich’s Gravity Flow Water Supply handbook.

To take things further, and to better understand population estimation for water projects, I recommend reading pages 1 - 12 in Gupta’s Hydrology and Hydraulic Systems book. Link:

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