Traditional diversion structures built of stones, wood and trash are constructed in dry river beds by rural communities to divert the precious water flow when once the rains arrive. Instability of the structures to the massive powers of the water forces these people to reconstruct those diversion weirs each and every year.
Introduction of permanent hydraulic structures on these sites allows the communities to save considerable amount of time, as well as divert the water more efficiently. Aspects to be considered during the transition from traditional to modern hydraulic structures are in this video discussed by Mr. Abebe, Abba Minch Univeristy, Ethiopia
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