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Small reservoirs (known as tanks) for rainwater harvesting and supplementary irrigation are necessary for improving
the productivity of rainfed agriculture in India.There are hundreds of thousands of such tanks in the country and many
more being created. However these tank systems are not categorized for planning purposes. Review of these tank systems
is necessary to understand the relationships amongst its component parts. In this paper these tank systems are reviewed
with the objective of studying catchment-storage-command area (CSC) relationship. These systems are classified based on
their physical setting and functioning. The CSC relationships for these systems show wide variation from region to region
and also in the same region. In the literature there is lack of uniformity in describing these systems. Hence a classification
system and ten indicators are proposed for describing these systems. It is suggested that when reporting such studies, the
system should be discussed under one of the classes and the proposed indicators must be given along with other details.