Providing and installing Siphon water filter units including storage drum with lid, tap and tumbler in 35 Government Primary School premises for the use of rural students numbering 2,199 in the Sethubavachatram block of Tanjore District, Tamilnadu.
In the Sethubavachatram Block, Tanjore District there are 37 Panchayat villages. In total, there are 77 nos. of Government Primary Schools and 22 nos. of Government Middle Schools functioning in this Block. Most of the Schools have drinking water source through the Panchayat and in some Schools the staff arrange for the drinking water from nearby households, public tap. But, the quality of water (contaminated with bacteria, etc.,) has not been studied so far.
Ekoventure NGO is coordinating 25 women SHGs with a total strength of 362 members in this block and in the monthly group meetings the women members had represented about providing safe drinking water to their children studying in these Schools on witnessing a demo on the performance of the Water filter. As of now, no work relevant to water has been carried out by any other organizations in the proposed villages.
LocationSethubavachatram Block , Tamilnadu, South India, India
Primary Focus: Water Purification
Secondary Focus: Drinking Water - Schools
People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 0
School Children Getting Water: 2,344
2,199 School Children and approximately 145 staff spread over in 35 nos. of Government Primary Schools in the Sethubavachatram block, Tanjore district will get safe drinking water
office of the Assistant Education Officer
People Getting Sanitation: 0
People Getting Other Benefits:
This project focuses on educating the rural school children studying in the 35 Schools on hygiene issues and particularly on the importance of “Hand Wash”.
The staff of the Schools will be trained on the day-to-day maintenance of the Water Filter.
This project has been designed based on the request of the women SHG members in the monthly meetings. Ekoventure is operating/guiding 25 women SHGs in this block. The women SHG members will also be trained in the hygiene issues.
Start Date: 2009-09-01
Completion Date: 2010-02-28
Siphon Water Filter was successfully installed in the earlier projects implemented by Ekoventure in Schools, Anganvadis, libraries and Primary Health Centres in the villages of Villupuram District, Tamilnadu and in Pondicherry. The water purified using the water filter was tested for bacteriological analysis and in comparison with the unpurified water collected from the same source of Rope pumps installed in Villupuram district. The Total Coliforms (MPN – Index/100ml) was between 460 and >1100 and the Faecal Coliforms (MPN – Index/100ml) was between 9 and 14 in the untreated water samples and the population was absent in the case of filtered water.
Awareness meetings on the need of safe water will be conducted in all the 35 Schools with the support of the women SHG members.
Each School having strength of for every 50 Children will be provided with one Siphon Filter unit consisting of Siphon water filter, one stainless steel drum with lid and tap, one glass tumbler with a chain tied to the drum.
One simple poster on the use and maintenance of Siphon water filter will be displayed near the unit.
The staff of the School will be trained on the day-to-day maintenance of the water filter.
The field staff of Ekoventure jointly with the SHG leaders will monitor the usage of water filter and report in the Weekly SHG meetings.
Yes, in one Phase for a period of 6 months and maintenance and monitoring will be done after the project completion period by the women SHGs functioning in that village and the School administration with the guidance of the NGO.
The Water Filters to be installed in the Schools will be owned by the School and will be maintained by the women SHGs.
This project is taken up in the first phase in the villages where women SHGs motivated by Ekoventure do exist. The women SHGs in the respective villages have agreed to bear the costs related to the maintenance and replacement of filters.
Sethubavachatram block comprises of more coastal villages in the Tanjore district.
The women SHGs have agreed to maintain the system and contribute towards the cost of replacement of filters in due course.
The annual amount required would be approximately 250
The women SHGs have agreed to contribute from their monthly savings for the continuance of the project. Further, based on the success of the project they also suggested to tie up this project with the Panchayat administration
Maintenance Cost: $250
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Community Contribution Amount:
Community contribution is in terms of participation by the leaders of women SHGs in the awareness meetings for the children.
Weekly maintenance and monitoring of the units by the women SHG leaders on voluntary basis.