plan 230Integrated Drinking Water Project for Kutewadi & Yeoti, Dist. Ahmednagar, Maharashtra


Satala is drought prone village nestled among the mountains located in dist. Auranagabad, Maharashtra. Safe and potable drinking water is a dire need of the village.


Satala village is situated in Aurangabad block at the distance of 25 k.m. from the block and district headquarter in the interior area

Satala is nestled by the range of hills and due to the hilly area it has hard rock and there is no permanent source of ground water , hence the agriculture is rainfed and dependant on the vagaries of monsoon which is erratic and scanty. This results in low productivity of foodgrains and other crops. The main occupation of the village community is agriculture which is insufficient to support the livelihoods; therefore the people have to migrate in nearby towns and sugar factories in search of labour work.

The total no. of house hold is 160 , out of which 110 households belongs to the Vanjara (nomadic tribes ) and 45 households to the scheduled caste and 5 households are OBC category.

Due to the hard rock aquifer in the underground there is no scope of striking water to the bore wells. Therefore there is no single bore well / hand pump in the village.

The village faces acute drinking water problem, therefore the Govt.had implemented the regional drinking water scheme involving a cluster of eight villages in 1983-84. The drinking water was lifted from a well which was located below the percolation tank and the same was transported about 9 km. covering eight villages. But due to the insufficient water in the well, for all eight villages (7500 population ) this scheme runs only 7-8 months and rest of the month it is non-functional. Now since last 10 years the situation has become worse due to the insufficient rains as well the electric shortage and load shedding of electric supply. After the completion of the scheme in the initial first 2-3 years the water supply was received by this village except in summer. But since last 10 years, as the location of the village is at the tale of the distribution system, did not receive the water supply. Therefore, the main pipeline to this village is totally damaged and having no use.

At present the village community does not have any permanent source of drinking water. The women and children especially the school girls have to travel 2-3 kms every day to fetch the water from the private wells.

Since last 10 years in the summer, all these wells run dry and the drinking water is supplied by the tankers continuously specially in the months from March to June/July. Sometimes the tanker water is not safe for drinking purpose as it is filled from the storage tanks without any treatment, causing to water-borne diseases and affecting the heatlh of the villagers and specially children.


Aurangabad, Marathwada, Maharashtra, India


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

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 160

No. of Households= 160
Inhabitants = 988
No. of women = 480 Male = 508

School Children Getting Water: 0

The village has a primary school upto 7th standard. The school has 203 students. A separate tap connection would be provided to the school. The water will be used for drinking purpose, sanitation as well as for the school garden

People Getting Sanitation: 0

After completion of the drinking water project, 160 households and 988 inhabitants would have access to the safe drinking water. At present it is difficult to give the information in number

People Getting Other Benefits:

Start Date: 2009-09-01

Completion Date: 2010-07-31

Technology Used:

The following activities have been proposed -

- Excavation and construction of new well.
- Laying of underground raising main pipeline of 2500 meters in length.
- Laying down underground distribution system pipeline of 900 meters in length with air valves, non return valves etc.
- Construction of new 10 stand post for water distribution
- Installation of electric pump of 15HP with accessories and electric connection
- Repairs of existing water storage tanks of 40,000 liters capacity.
- Trainings to the Water Committee and village community for project management and post care

The villagers have planned to implement a separate drinking water scheme for their village without relying on Govt. It is envisaged to excavate and construct a new well in the water submergence area of the percolation tank and lift the water by installation of the electric pump on the well. The water would be transported through underground raising main pipeline of 2500 meters in length. The water would be stored in the existing water storage tank which has a capacity of 35,000 liters.

The water would be distributed through new distribution system pipeline of 900 meters in length. 10 stand posts would be constructed for the distribution of the water.

The drinking water and sanitation project would be implemented through separate Women’s Water Committee which would be selected in the Gram Sabha (village meeting) for the promotion of drinking water and sanitation project.

The Water Committee will be responsible for implementation, supervision, quality control and monitoring of activities with the support of the village development committee which is newly formed.

The funds would be released directly to the Water Committee bank Account. The committee would handle the transaction and would be responsible for maintenance of accounts. The technical and social mobilisation support would be provided by the partner NGO named Action for Community Empowerment (ACE).

The capacity building would be done by the implementing agency (SURABHI) and WOTR.

After the successful completion of the project the Water Committee and the Village Development Committee (VDC) would be responsible for the distribution of water, collection of water tax and also repairs and maintenance of the project.

So far we have successfully implemented 1542 decentralized drinking water projects through BPR benefitting 1542 households and 9653 inhabitants. Besides this at present, we are implementing drinking water and sanitation projects in 11 villages in 4 districts of Maharashtra benefitting 886 households and 6183 individuals. Our past experience is in all drinking water and sanitation projects we involve women since they are the most sufferers of the drinking water and sanitation problems. They take initiative to solve the same problem by organizing the village community and approaching the local Gram Panchayat. Therefore the implementation of the project is being done successfully and as per the plan involving the entire village community.

Our learning from the past BPR projects are under -
1. The drinking water activity has helped the village community together for common causes and helped them to strengthen their unity, integrity and cooperation.
2. The illiterate rural women are capable to implement honestly parsimoniously large projects with large budgets by maintaining transparency if their capabilities are built through training interventions and given opportunities to implement the projects.
3. If the drinking water problem is identified and the work is initiated by women the strong support and cooperation is possible from the local governance (Gram Panchyat), CBOs and main folk irrespective of politics, groupism and bureaucratic interference.

Issues of concern:
1. Delay in getting the electric connection from the Electricity Board after completing the physical implementation of the project.

2. Due to electricity power constraints, the load shedding of electric power in the rural areas is of 12 hrs. per day. This leads to irregular water supply to the community.


The project would be completed in one phase. The funds would be released directly to the Water Committee in 3-4 installments. After the monitoring of the first installment disbursed and on satisfaction of work as per plan, the next installment would be re

Community Organization:

Since the Govt.drinking water scheme has totally failed, the villagers have no other way/alternative to come together and find a solution to drinking water problem. Therefore, the village community has conducted several Gram (village) meetings for the single agenda of drinking water problem, and have approached WOTR to support to solve the drinking water problem. After initial discussions and village visit with partner NGO, SURABHI, the village community have shown keen interest and showed the willingness to contribute 40% of the total cost

Government Interaction:

Ancillary activities:

Other Issues:

Maintenance Revenue:

1. The total families are 160, out of which 150 families (excluding 10% of these are single parent and poorest of poor) will contribute Rs. 50 per month towards the operational and reserve fund

2. The provision of reserved fund is made in order to ensure the replacement of pump set and minor repairs in valve, pipe etc after 5- 7 years so as to make the operation more effective and efficient.

Maintenance Cost: $1,149


Prior art before metrics

Cost: $18,817

Pl refer attach file

Co Funding Amount:

Community Contribution Amount: $6,187

It is envisaged that the people’s contribution equal to 40% of the total project cost i.e. US$ 6187 would be collected in cash by the Water Committee and deposited in the bank account with view to maintain transparency and accountability

Fund Requested: $12,630

Implementing Organization: SURABHI Rural Development and Research,Karmad

SURABHI Rural Development and Research Organization (NGO) is a partner NGO of WOTR and since last 8 years are involved in promotion of rural development. So far the NGO has successfully completed watershed development programme and poverty alleviation programs in 17 villages costing 47,050 USD and three drinking water projects costing 24,050 USD (including BPR projects costing 16733 USD with the support of WOTR.) Besides this Surabhi is engaged in promotion of SHGs through the support of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD ) in 110 villages in 5 blocks of Aurangabad district and 20 villages in Jalna district. So far the NGO has promoted 941 women’s SHGs and build their capacities in 2 districts with the support of NABARD


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