plan 15Drinking Water Project, Pimpri hamlet, Block Akole


Pimpri hamlet is a part of the Tale village Gram Panchayat. The village is located on the hilltop and is far off (interior) from the approach road. Agriculture is rainfed. It is determined by low productivity, resulting in degraded natural resources


WOTR has selected this hamlet to promote watershed devp. activities to develop and harmonize the use of water, soil, forest and pasture resources in a participative way by involving the entire village community that helps in conserving these resources


Maharashtra, District Ahmednagar, India


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Primary Focus: Drinking Water - Community
Secondary Focus: Capacity Building

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 534

The village is located on the hilltop and is in the interior from the approach road. There is no permanent water source on the hilltop.

Presently the people fetch water from the river which is not safe for drinking and this is available only for 8 months.

families : 81
adult men : 165
women : 203
children 166

School Children Getting Water:

Presently there is no drinking water provision for the school. After the implementation of the project a provision of a stand post will be made and school will have access to water from it.

A total of 127 students (girls 61, boys 66) will benefit from this activity.

People Getting Sanitation: 214

The exact number is not available as it is difficult to record it. The approx. number is mentioned as per discussion with the village community.

People Getting Other Benefits:

This village has been selected for the watershed development programme since April 2005 by WOTR.

Presently the project is in the capacity building phase. The process of community organisation and social mobilisation as well as the technical aspects of the watershed is under process.

Start Date: 2007-01-01

Completion Date: 2007-12-31

Technology Used:

The catchment area is mainly on the sloppy lands which has lead to heavy run-off. The rainwater flows down stream with pressure and there is a scarce possibility of infiltration. Therefore, there is no ground water available on the top near to the residential area (colony). The Mula river flows at a distance of 1.5 km. from the hamlet at about 510 feet down in the valley. At the bank of this river from the existing well the water scheme has been established under the Govt. Scheme.

Presently, the water is stored in the water tank of 4500 liters capacity. The women along with their children (especially girls) have to walk at least 0.5 km distance on the slopes till the water tank and again walk the same distance to the hill top with water head load. Everyday the women have to spend at least 3 to 4 hours daily to fetch water which increases the drudgery of the women.

Considering the above problem the women member of the SHGs and the SMS have taken the initiative to solve this problem with the help of the Village Development Committee and the Gram Panchayat. The SMS and the VDC (Village Development Committee) has prepared a plan and estimate of the proposed drinking water project. It is planned to construct a new drinking storage tank of 20,000 liters capacity near to the hamlet on the hill top. An extension of 700 feet main pipeline along with 1265 ft. distribution supplementary pipeline will be laid down. A new motor of 7.5 horse power monoblock will be installed on the existing well. The water will be lifted to the water tank and will be channeled through 5 stand posts which would be constructed. The people are willing to contribute 15% of the total cost. They have submitted all the required documents.


This project will be completed in one phase and the amount will be released in 3-4 installments. After the monitoring of the project by the WOTR officials (region and head office) the next installment will be released and so on.

Community Organization:

-General Body Village meetings were held several times with the villagers to discuss the problems and immediate needs of the village.
-A Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) was conducted to determine the available infrastructure, resources and the social locations of the households.
-Organisation of women has been done by involving them into Self Help Groups. These groups were federated under the Apex Body of all SHGS which is called the Samyukta Mahila Samitee (SMS).
-The SHGs and the SMS have taken the initiative to solve the drinking water problem. The designing and the initial planning has been done with the help of Village Development Committee and with the support of Gram Panchayat (local elected village body).
-The plan has been technically approved with some minor modifications by WOTR's technical engineers.
-All the households have agreed to contribute 15% of the total cost of the project Before the initiation of the activity, a separate Water Committee (Pani Samitee) of the women will be formed. The Water Committee and the SMS will be responsible for the implementation, supervision, quality control and monitoring of the activity which they have willing accepted to do.
-The project funds will be deposited directly in the Water Committee's bank account. The Committee will handle all the transactions and will be responsible for the accounts.
-Two trainings will be conducted for the SMS and the Water Committee regarding the safe drinking water, health, hygiene and sustenance of the project after completion.
-After completion of the activity, a water tax will be collected from each household as per Maintenance Revenue Model attached.

Government Interaction:

Ancillary activities:

1. Regular health and hygiene education will be imparted to the SMS (apex body of SHGs) and the SHG members by WOTR officials.
2. The capacity building of the Water Committee and the SMS will be done through trainings.
3.The self employment opportunities will be provided to the SHG members through micro credit and bank linkages

Other Issues:

Maintenance Revenue:

Maintenance Cost: $752


Prior art before metrics

Cost: $5,023


Co Funding Amount: $0


Community Contribution Amount: $628

Fund Requested: $4,395


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    No formal review

    Rajesh Shah of Blue Planet Network

    Due to the similarity to other WOTR proposals, we are going to not have others review this one; and use the reviews of the other proposals to decide on this one.

    Due to the similarity to other WOTR proposals, we are going to not have others review this one; and use the reviews of the other proposals to decide on this one.

    • Thomas Palgadhmal of Watershed Organization Trust

      Thank you for the message and have noted it.

      Thank you for the message and have noted it.

  • Rating: 8

    review by Blue Planet Network

    Based on the reviews of the other projects

Name Status Completion Date Final Cost
Drinking Water Project, Pimpri hamlet, Block Akole completed Jan 2008 4,395