Provision of Safe Drinking Water
Rural areas are suffering from drinking water related problems such as lack or ground water, pollution due to over Due of chemical fertilizers and pesticide, unhygienic way of handling water at home, etc. This is causing a number of diseases which is resulting in loss of precious earnings, especially of the poorer sections of rural population. This project is aimed at addressing all these issues started first in Rangareddy district and progressively expanded to Nalgonda, Karimnagar and Mahabubnagar districts of Telangana State.
Identify villages where establishment of SWPs in economically viable Conduct mass meetings in the presence of local leaders to inform about the SWP, process adopted and record then acceptance levels. Provide loan support to committee / entrepreneur to establish SWP. Support them establishment. Capacity building of operators in handling the plan and book keeping. Awareness promotion activities covering whole village & its habitations for women, school going children, traditional leaders, committees on roles and responsibilities, water-health linkages, impact, etc.
Objectives: Increase awareness of target villages people on the importance of health and safe use of drinking water and support process establish safe drinking water plants and in the process establish robust systems to ensure financial and technical sustainability.
Core activities: To identify the local source of water To identify right person / community & operator to run the Swatch Jal station To provide the treatment technology of water To create awareness on safe drinking water.
Expected Impact: The project is expected to result in ensuring sustainable access to safe drinking water and at the same time people have satisfactory awareness and practice levels which is resulting in good health.
Many families started using treated water also for cooking whereas earlier they were only drinking it. Local Swatch-Jal committees learnt that incidence of drinking water related health problems have gone down considerably. School teachers observed that provision of safe potable water resulted in childrens better health and improved attendance rates. Lot of agricultural labourers carrying safe water to there working places also.