plan 502Rainwater Harvesting for Community household of Angashetty halli and chikupparalli

Summary

The villages of malur taluk lack safe drinking water.The dissolved solvents are high in the water such as fluorine, and also water is contaminated by E-colen bacteria. Community have to depend on rainwater in future.

Background

Kolar district is grouped under southern maiden region.The annual average rainfall in the district is 711.4mm,(ref: climate of Karnataka state,) The district water samples shows highest beyond permissible level water solvent conditions such as hardness , dissolved salts, calcium hardness chloride,iron and fluoride contents. Specially in malur 1.5-ppm(66 samples) which is the highest concentration of fluoride., the nitrate content is 101-223 ppm. and E-coli bacteria exists in 10-86 numbers in 100ml water.
Rainfall is not retained in an effective way in these areas.The small lakes are used for brick work and individual houses have no water saving facilities. The traditional wells, water tanks, have dried because catchment area is now covering with extended city projects. The community purely depends on the bore well water supplied by the panchayat which has high amount of fluorine, and smells if water is stored for two days. Though there has been good rainfall in surroundings of Malur taluk, Malur town and villagers always suffer from less rains.
Due to more than 40 brick factories functioning makes warm weather results in no cloud formation and less rain. Retaining a limited rainfall is the only solution for the local community.
The projects on rainwater harvesting in anganwadi have motivated the community to build similar structures for their individual house holds.
In the project proposed, organisation also included Awareness programmes, ( which already taking place for children). Campaigns on importance of safe drinking water, building toilets and solid waste management.

Location

Malur, Kolar, India

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Focus

Primary Focus: Rainwater Harvesting
Secondary Focus: Capacity Building

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 500

he angashetty villages have 90 HH and chikupparalli has 46 HH, 30 HH. Each village will be covered under the project and will cater to 500 people including adults and children. The data is obtained from personals visits to HH survey, government preschool and lower primary school data and local Grampanchayat survey data.

According to the above data, the ten lower primary schools have rainwater harvesting structures and toilets built under SSA (SarvashiskanaAbiyan)and Zillapanchayat budget, out of ten structures only one is effectively utilized by the school. In earlier projects three structures built by Aa foundation; two has been used and one not used( started using three days back),
No community house holds have rainwater harvesting structures.

Grampanchayat have build over 100 toilets for the villages of 1000HH, out of those 80% are not been used.

The local panchayat has been digging at least yearly 5-6 bore wells to supply water, out of those go dried within few weeks.

School Children Getting Water: 0

There are about 120 children in two villages who are in lower primary school and anganwadi run by the government, this data is based on Anganwadi and school enrollment.

People Getting Sanitation: 0

The awareness programme will create impact on these two villages on whole. The programme covers around 1000 community members , viillages leaders, health workers, preschool teachers and local governance representative.
The project will be covering 30 HH in each villages and will impact directly on 500 community members and 180 children and youth .

People Getting Other Benefits: 120

RWH in the village will help at least two members in the families a job oriented skill and will educate the villagers the importance of RWH.
The two village communities will have awareness on safe drinking water, usage of toilets and solid waste management.
The local women group will be involved in monitoring and implementing this programme will also generate income through waste management.
The women and adolescents will be benefit with good toilets and safe drinking water in households.
Local youths will be trained as masons,plumbing and will provide them employment opportunities.
Education materials regarding RWH, usage of toilets, and solid waste managements through pamphlets, posters will be used.

The Network will be established at local level regarding RWH, waste management and Health. between community and experts for sustainability. ( network will consists of Primary health care center, experts to subjects,institutions,local leader , women representatives and child representatives).

Application Type: Project Funding

Start Date: 2013-04-02

Completion Date: 2013-12-31

Technology Used:

The Organisation has already built 3 projects of rainwater water harvesting structure and four toilets for preschool children. In the process the local community and children have gained the importance of storing the rainwater.The water is used by the community members from preschool premises. The awareness is still needed and we are educating the women to retain rainwater in house holds.
The simple local technology will be used to save electricity, save construction material so on.....We look forward to learn from the funders and peers on retaining large amount of water without leakages in the ground tanks, so that the community can preserve it for at least 8 months and will have access to water in their households.

Phases:

The project will be implemented in 3 phases,
Awareness/meeting at Ist phase .
II phase implementation of programme in 30 HH.
III Phase implementation of another 30 HH each stage will have reviews and planning with local committee.

Community Organization:

The planned project is for individual households. The households selected will be for the children who are in school and preschool and who are interested in building structures in their premises, so naturally the community has owner ship.
The day one approach from the organisation is involving them on all the proceeding of discussion and implementation, with their consent , ideas.
Contribution of labor and materials, estimation of each HH will be decided in community meetings.
Community will decide from where the project should begin( which HH).
Apart from organisation, monitoring the committee will be set up which will involve school teachers, health workers and project staff, panchayat member for monitoring and implementation.

Awareness, timely guidance by the experts , review meetings and discussion will be in the process.

Government Interaction:

The Government will partner with us and provide us the data, water connections etc. Also providing NREGA to the community members during the project.

Ancillary activities:

The organisation is also willing to take up WASH related research programmes, RWH, Awreness, increasing Toilets for HH under Nirmal grameen yoijana. The whole project process will help atleast two members of a family to get trained and develop the skill in constructing
RWH.
Awareness to all the family members on RWH.
increased participation of children and women.
Increased participation of women on self help group.

Other Issues:

The women and children in large number are suffering from safe drinking water, lack of water and no house hold toilet facilities.
Lack of knowledge in using toilets and water.
The Primary health care data shows large amount (900 cases per month every month 300 cases adds freshly in a primary health care center) of women and adolescents (15-50 years) are infected by water borne diseases, lack of personal hygiene, anemia and sexually transmitted diseases.
Tuberculosis, bone related diseases are high among community and children.

The Programme from Zilla panchayat ,and grampanchayat are not effectively implemented and monitored. The thousand of awareness programmes, materials from the government are not reaching the community.

Maintenance Revenue:

Maintenance regarding the structure related to rainwater will be done by community themselves. Monitoring, guidance and followup will be done by the organisation which needs a personal for a year.

Maintenance Cost: $1,000

Metrics:

please see the attachement

Cost: $13,370

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Co Funding Amount: $0

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Community Contribution Amount: $1,132

Labour and materials

Fund Requested: $13,375

Implementing Organization:

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  • 2 participants | show more

    Regarding Brick Fcatories

    Sandeep Srivastava of Shohratgarh Environmental Society (SES)

    Dear Varalakshmi, I have gone through your wonderful project which is going to impact large number of people. While reading , I found"Due to more than 40 brick factories functioning makes warm weather results in no cloud formation and less rain." I would like to know, what were trend of past rainfall recorded in the area say last two...

    Dear Varalakshmi,

    I have gone through your wonderful project which is going to impact large number of people. While reading , I found"Due to more than 40 brick factories functioning makes warm weather results in no cloud formation and less rain."
    I would like to know, what were trend of past rainfall recorded in the area say last two decades??is it increased or decreased??
    brick factories are only reason for less rainfall???is there any study which reach to the conclusion on reason of rainfall??

    Thanks,
    Sandeep

    • Varalakshmi VS of Aa Foundation for Community Development

      The brick factories and eucalyptus plantation for hectares of land is the major reason, basically the kolar district is semidrought area, on top of it the traditional water bodies have dried, the city and cement and other industries have increased. I do have the ARGYHAM data on rainfall in this area.you can log on to karnataka/Argyham ...

      The brick factories and eucalyptus plantation for hectares of land is the major reason, basically the kolar district is semidrought area, on top of it the traditional water bodies have dried, the city and cement and other industries have increased.
      I do have the ARGYHAM data on rainfall in this area.you can log on to karnataka/Argyham kolar,malur rainfall data in web.
      As the organisation we have community based data on rainfall as Qualitative information which says the rainfall and water bodies was better filled two decades back.

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    Two questions

    GRAVIS Jodhpur of GRAVIS

    Dear Varalakshmi - its a very good proposal. My name is Prakash Tyagi and I represent GRAVIS. You mentioned in your proposal that you will be reaching out to the govt. to leverage on NREGA, what exactly you plan to do? Secondly, in your matrix you plan two toilets in AW centers. Being govt. centers, how feasible you think that would be?

    Dear Varalakshmi - its a very good proposal. My name is Prakash Tyagi and I represent GRAVIS. You mentioned in your proposal that you will be reaching out to the govt. to leverage on NREGA, what exactly you plan to do? Secondly, in your matrix you plan two toilets in AW centers. Being govt. centers, how feasible you think that would be?

    • Varalakshmi VS of Aa Foundation for Community Development

      yes prakash we have earlier in contact of review. The toilets already built is effectively used in the AW premises , based on that and need we have planned two more. The ZP have the plan also built the toilet which are inside the kitchen where none of them are used because of problem to maintain hygiene. Also the ZP and MLA Grant proj...

      yes prakash we have earlier in contact of review.
      The toilets already built is effectively used in the AW premises , based on that and need we have planned two more.
      The ZP have the plan also built the toilet which are inside the kitchen where none of them are used because of problem to maintain hygiene.
      Also the ZP and MLA Grant projects are taking more than 2-3 years to build one AW and ready to use , we also have raised this issue in many meeting with GP, and the result is waiting .........

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    Few questions Sekhar Raghavan, Rain Centre, Chennai

    Sekhar Raghavan of The Rain Centre (Akash Ganga Trust)

    My first question is how this 1000 litres capacity tank was arrived at. Is there any calculation? 2. What are the dimensions of the roofs? Are the roofs going to be fitted with half round gutters and downtake pipe? 3. Can a drawing be provided for a typical house? 4. How is the collected rainwater going to be removed from the tank? 4. ...

    My first question is how this 1000 litres capacity tank was arrived at. Is there any calculation?
    2. What are the dimensions of the roofs? Are the roofs going to be fitted with half round gutters and downtake pipe?
    3. Can a drawing be provided for a typical house?
    4. How is the collected rainwater going to be removed from the tank?
    4. Can a breakup be given for Rs. 7000 per house?
    If these questions have already been asked please refer me to the answers.

    • Varalakshmi VS of Aa Foundation for Community Development

      1. There is no calculation related to water collection , the 1000ltrs was decided in premises of anganwadi of 30 children usage and space availability, where there was no space we have fitted with 500 capacity in our earlier project, here also for individual house holds will decide t he capacity storage. 2. The house hold are approximatel...

      1. There is no calculation related to water collection , the 1000ltrs was decided in premises of anganwadi of 30 children usage and space availability, where there was no space we have fitted with 500 capacity in our earlier project, here also for individual house holds will decide t he capacity storage.
      2. The house hold are approximately 24/18 width roof tops and all them doesn't have mold .. different pattern of collecting rainwater will be worked out.
      The drawing and planning will be done for individual house once the project is intiated, any kind of these meeting earlier will be raising expectation from community.
      The roof top collected water in tank which if fitted with the tap at the bottom layer for easy usage , which we have already being doing.
      The cost of individual house will wary according to the roof top width.As the organisation is only providing PVC pipes,tank and other related items,any other cost above the budget and labor will be met by the community themselves.

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    Clarifications needed about the budget

    Sekhar Raghavan of The Rain Centre (Akash Ganga Trust)

    Hello. 1. In the excel sheet attached for the budget, the salary of the project officer has been mentioned as Rs. 10000. Is it per month or one time? If it is per month then the amount mentioned under 1 year INR should be Rs. 100000/. (one lakh) or if it is one time it should be Rs. 10000/. The amount shown is neither but Rs. 8500/- Ho...

    Hello.

    1. In the excel sheet attached for the budget, the salary of the project officer has been mentioned as Rs. 10000. Is it per month or one time? If it is per month then the amount mentioned under 1 year INR should be Rs. 100000/. (one lakh) or if it is one time it should be Rs. 10000/. The amount shown is neither but Rs. 8500/- How/?
    2. For field workers, it is mentioned as Rs. 5000/=. Is it per person per month or per month for 2 persons? It is not clear.
    3. What is exchange rate used for $? How is any increase in the dollar rate going to be accomodated?
    4. How was the community contribution of Rs. 1000/ arrived at? It is less than 15%.

    • Varalakshmi VS of Aa Foundation for Community Development

      The project officer 's and field workers salary is per month cost and per person, will correct in the budget. increased dollar rate will go to organisation administration cost. and fixed salary of the staff in Indian rupees. Community contribution will vary according to the size of the roof individual houses, the cost mentioned is ap...

      The project officer 's and field workers salary is per month cost and per person, will correct in the budget.

      increased dollar rate will go to organisation administration cost. and fixed salary of the staff in Indian rupees.

      Community contribution will vary according to the size of the roof individual houses, the cost mentioned is approximate.

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    Financial capability

    Sandeep Srivastava of Shohratgarh Environmental Society (SES)

    Since Aa foundation is new organization. The budget amount proposed is large . I would like to know financial capability of organization. It'd be great if you can share last year audit report...

    Since Aa foundation is new organization. The budget amount proposed is large . I would like to know financial capability of organization. It'd be great if you can share last year audit report...

    • Varalakshmi VS of Aa Foundation for Community Development

      Aa foundation have done expenditure up to 5 and half laks rupees last year and our budget this year have crossed 3laks by september 2013, we have just completed Auditing and documents are in the filing of income tax , as soon as it is completed will post the audited report on our site. regards

      Aa foundation have done expenditure up to 5 and half laks rupees last year and our budget this year have crossed 3laks by september 2013, we have just completed Auditing and documents are in the filing of income tax , as soon as it is completed will post the audited report on our site.

      regards

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    Training

    Gemma Bulos of Global Women's Water Initiative

    Hi Varalakshmi I noticed in your budget that you have line items for trainings. I see the educational pieces with the women, WASH, solid waste management etc. There's also a line item for the mason. Are you only training one mason? What will his/her role be after this project is complete? Will he/she be hired by your organization to rep...

    Hi Varalakshmi

    I noticed in your budget that you have line items for trainings. I see the educational pieces with the women, WASH, solid waste management etc. There's also a line item for the mason. Are you only training one mason? What will his/her role be after this project is complete? Will he/she be hired by your organization to replicate or is he already an employee? Will he train others? Will he be responsible for maintenance? And is the expense to pay him fees?

    Thanks and good luck!
    Gemma

    • Varalakshmi VS of Aa Foundation for Community Development

      Greetings Gemma! The training planned in the proposal will be for minimum 30 members group in the village. The mason training also will have group of youths. The trained youths will be and later involved in the work.We from the organisation have already using/ taking support of local community who were in our last projects. Yes we can't...

      Greetings Gemma!
      The training planned in the proposal will be for minimum 30 members group in the village. The mason training also will have group of youths. The trained youths will be and later involved in the work.We from the organisation have already using/ taking support of local community who were in our last projects. Yes we can't provide them long term jobs from the organisation, It is project orientated, they have to look jobs outside , which they had been doing always.

    • Michael Williamson of Bank-On-Rain

      Dear Varalakshmi, You note that of 100 latrines constructed in Grampanchayat, 80% are not being used. Has your group concluded the reason for non-use -- poor design, lack of training in sanitation? Do you have a specific plan to address this? We have found that the value of a safe drinking water source such as RWH can be negated if...

      Dear Varalakshmi,

      You note that of 100 latrines constructed in Grampanchayat, 80% are not being used. Has your group concluded the reason for non-use -- poor design, lack of training in sanitation? Do you have a specific plan to address this?

      We have found that the value of a safe drinking water source such as RWH can be negated if the community do not first receive basic education in sanitation and use their latrines. Perhaps the constrution of latrines and sanitary education should take place before any construction of RWH systems. It is not clear to me in your porposal that the importance of sanitation education is emphasized as a precondition for construction of RWH systems.

      Prehaps assistance in RWH systems sould be offered as a reward for 100% latrine use.

      Best regards,
      Mike

    • Varalakshmi VS of Aa Foundation for Community Development

      Dear mike This was the recent 6 months back survey conducted by the government body in these villages , most of them are not used as the small construction room for toilets have been used as store room, and other they feel using open space is better, so that they can save water,basically habit! we have still not done community interventio...

      Dear mike
      This was the recent 6 months back survey conducted by the government body in these villages , most of them are not used as the small construction room for toilets have been used as store room, and other they feel using open space is better, so that they can save water,basically habit! we have still not done community intervention on sanitation, except few workshops for primary caregivers for children.
      In this proposal the RWH and sanitation awareness will be parallely planned. the cultural habits takes long time to change, we are also planning for ice breakers.

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    RWH construction

    Varalakshmi VS of Aa Foundation for Community Development

    Mr Dean and kalpana warm greetings! Our previous project were on preschool roof top, where it had a slop structure we had to build a parapet wall for retaining water and water was directed using PVC pipes to the storage tank of 1000 ltrs capacity, which was the major work. we used bricks and cement , sand,PVC pipes.Our filter was a failu...

    Mr Dean and kalpana warm greetings!
    Our previous project were on preschool roof top, where it had a slop structure we had to build a parapet wall for retaining water and water was directed using PVC pipes to the storage tank of 1000 ltrs capacity, which was the major work. we used bricks and cement , sand,PVC pipes.Our filter was a failure , we just used plastic thread net to filter the objects/materials like leaf, sand etc.

    As the other filters available in market was expensive, SO we want to know about economical ,effective filters.

    We had used local available materials and local community people to construct the structure.The proposed project for individual houses, the families them selves will involve in construction and maintenance.

    I will also go through the information Mr Mike provided.

    Hope I have understood your queries.

    varalakshmi

    • Michael Williamson of Bank-On-Rain

      Dear Varalakshmi, The ISSB tanks are made from local soil mixed with a small portion of cement. Our installations have all been gravity fed, since there is no power in any of the schools/villages where we have been working. If properly constructed there is very little maintenance required for a RWH system. We fit a leaf/debris exclude...

      Dear Varalakshmi,

      The ISSB tanks are made from local soil mixed with a small portion of cement. Our installations have all been gravity fed, since there is no power in any of the schools/villages where we have been working. If properly constructed there is very little maintenance required for a RWH system. We fit a leaf/debris excluder and screen the intake, but otherwise have not used additional filtering as this is expensive any not necessary if the system is well designed. Although the school systems are large (20,000 liters) in order to provide safe drinking water for 300 - 400 students and staff through the 5 month dry season, we also built small systems for hand washing stations (750 liters) that could be suitable for individual homes in the village. They are intended as demonstrations to be duplicated in the village, with assistance from school staff and students. The students and staff that were trained in construction the systems in 2011 were contracted to manufacture the ISSB's and build the tanks installed this year and we hope this will evolve into a small business in Sierra Leone. Although we have not used ISSB's for smaller tanks. this is certainly possible. Once the hand press has been purchased, several approaches can be used to make these available at low cost to build structures (schools or community organizations could rent the press or manufacture the blocks and sell them for use in projects).
      Best regards,
      Mike

    • Varalakshmi VS of Aa Foundation for Community Development

      Great, We can try this if you can share with us specific measurement of the materials mixing and design,( a manual)during our training session we can try this out as one or two pieces of 750-1000ltrs capacity, if workable or could modify little, we can adopt this method. thankyou for your information.

      Great, We can try this if you can share with us specific measurement of the materials mixing and design,( a manual)during our training session we can try this out as one or two pieces of 750-1000ltrs capacity, if workable or could modify little, we can adopt this method.
      thankyou for your information.

    • Michael Williamson of Bank-On-Rain

      Varalakshmi, Good information is available from an internet search of Interlocking Stabilized Soil Blocks. UN HABITAT has a report with construction methods and the sand/clay/cement mixtures can be determined from simple tests that are conducted on-site. The hand press is supplied with a manual for block manufacture but is oriented to...

      Varalakshmi,

      Good information is available from an internet search of Interlocking Stabilized Soil Blocks. UN HABITAT has a report with construction methods and the sand/clay/cement mixtures can be determined from simple tests that are conducted on-site. The hand press is supplied with a manual for block manufacture but is oriented toward construction of buildings, however several manuals specific to ISSB tank construction can be found online. For tank construction a special press is used to make blocks with a curvature permitting a tank with 2 to 3 meter diameter. A 3m diameter tank 2m high will store about 10,000 liters. These tanks are above ground and when properly constructed, they are water tight and should out live plastic tanks costing 3 - 4 times a comparable ISSB tank.
      Mike

    • Rajesh Shah of Peer Water Exchange

      In Bangalore there are a few builders using ISSBs. Navadarshanam campus was built with these bricks and they gave the press to the locals who refused - they wanted to use 100% cement blocks like 99% of people use! I believe an IISc prof has also been championing this. Regards, Rajesh

      In Bangalore there are a few builders using ISSBs. Navadarshanam campus was built with these bricks and they gave the press to the locals who refused - they wanted to use 100% cement blocks like 99% of people use!

      I believe an IISc prof has also been championing this.

      Regards,
      Rajesh

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    Design and construction methods

    Dean Forbes of PhotoPhilanthropy

    Can you tell us more about how you will design and build the RWH structures? What kind of materials, who will construct, how will they be low maintenance so that is is easy for the families to care for the structures? Thank you.

    Can you tell us more about how you will design and build the RWH structures? What kind of materials, who will construct, how will they be low maintenance so that is is easy for the families to care for the structures? Thank you.

    • Michael Williamson of Bank-On-Rain

      Further to the comments of Dean Forbes, have you considered Interlocking Stabilized Soil Blocks (ISSB's) for tank construction. We at Bank On Rain learned about these from other PWX members and have just completed three 10,000 liter tanks in Sierra Leone and are very pleased with their performance and cost. Best regards, Mike Williamson...

      Further to the comments of Dean Forbes, have you considered Interlocking Stabilized Soil Blocks (ISSB's) for tank construction. We at Bank On Rain learned about these from other PWX members and have just completed three 10,000 liter tanks in Sierra Leone and are very pleased with their performance and cost.
      Best regards,
      Mike Williamson

    • Kalpana Patel of PhotoPhilanthropy

      Further to Dean's comments on construction materials used, while my visit to Malur, i was wondering if specific construction standards were set considering the context of the village and how the facilities would be used and maintained by the community in future.

      Further to Dean's comments on construction materials used, while my visit to Malur, i was wondering if specific construction standards were set considering the context of the village and how the facilities would be used and maintained by the community in future.

    • Varalakshmi VS of Aa Foundation for Community Development

      Mr Dean,Mr Mike and kalpana warm greetings! Our previous project were on preschool roof top, where it had a slop structure we had to build a parapet wall for retaining water and water was directed using PVC pipes to the storage tank of 1000 ltrs capacity, which was the major work. we used bricks and cement , sand,PVC pipes.Our filter was...

      Mr Dean,Mr Mike and kalpana warm greetings!
      Our previous project were on preschool roof top, where it had a slop structure we had to build a parapet wall for retaining water and water was directed using PVC pipes to the storage tank of 1000 ltrs capacity, which was the major work. we used bricks and cement , sand,PVC pipes.Our filter was a failure , we just used plastic thread net to filter the objects/materials like leaf, sand etc.

      As the other filters available in market was expensive, SO we want to know about economical ,effective filters.

      We had used local available materials and local community people to construct the structure.The proposed project for individual houses, the families them selves will involve in construction and maintenance.

      I will also go through the information Mr Mike provided.

      Hope I have understood your queries.

      varalakshmi

    • Gemma Bulos of Global Women's Water Initiative

      Hi Varalakshmi Great program! I actually wanted to echo MIke's thoughts on ISSB. We teach women to build ISSB tanks (and we use the bricks to make toilets too) so it's a moderately easy system to build. The only issue may be availability of the machine. MIke, are you in Sierra Leone? Let's talk. We might be going there next year. Do...

      Hi Varalakshmi

      Great program! I actually wanted to echo MIke's thoughts on ISSB. We teach women to build ISSB tanks (and we use the bricks to make toilets too) so it's a moderately easy system to build. The only issue may be availability of the machine.

      MIke, are you in Sierra Leone? Let's talk. We might be going there next year. Do they make ISSB machines there?

      Good luck!
      Gemma

    • Michael Williamson of Bank-On-Rain

      Gemma and Varalakshmi, Gemma was the PWX member that suggested ISSB's to us. We wondered if these would be approriate for areas that experience periodic high precipitation, but have just compteted 2 projects in the height of the wet season in Sierra Leone with complete success (annual precip over 3 meters). We think ISSB construction ...

      Gemma and Varalakshmi,

      Gemma was the PWX member that suggested ISSB's to us. We wondered if these would be approriate for areas that experience periodic high precipitation, but have just compteted 2 projects in the height of the wet season in Sierra Leone with complete success (annual precip over 3 meters). We think ISSB construction is a GREAT solution for RWH in developing areas of the world (thanks Gemma). We supplied the hand press and training - the students, and staff manufactured the blocks abnd built the three 10,000 liter tanks with the assistance of 2 local masons. Cost was 25% of locally produced plastic tanks (and Gemma, we have a Makiga 3m press in SL that we would be happy to have your group use if you plan to come to SL).

      Best regards,
      Mike

    • Varalakshmi VS of Aa Foundation for Community Development

      Dear Mike and Gemma In our previous project we did experimented to build the low cost tanks such as digging ground and fitting with cement rings,or build a solid cement and brick tank under ground, the first one had least chances of retaining water without leakage and second one was expensive, as well both the ways the water have to draw...

      Dear Mike and Gemma
      In our previous project we did experimented to build the low cost tanks such as digging ground and fitting with cement rings,or build a solid cement and brick tank under ground, the first one had least chances of retaining water without leakage and second one was expensive, as well both the ways the water have to drawn up wards using electricity, where as the villages have very frequent power cuts. For instant use and durability we have fitted with the plastic 1000 liters capacity of tank , the excess water flows to the ground. and preschool functions from morning 9.30 to 4.30 pm. is there is any other method house hold projects can adopt, here also we are planning for plastic tank!

    • Gemma Bulos of Global Women's Water Initiative

      Hi Mike excited to speak to you about your experience with ISSB in Sierra Leone. I'll connect with you once we determine if we will be going to SL. Otherwise, I'd still like to learn about your projects and challenges. Be well Gemma

      Hi Mike

      excited to speak to you about your experience with ISSB in Sierra Leone. I'll connect with you once we determine if we will be going to SL. Otherwise, I'd still like to learn about your projects and challenges.

      Be well
      Gemma

  • Rating: 6

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    RWH without first addressing the issues of sanitation and health may be of little benefit to the households receiving the water systems. The sanitation and health training must be conducted and understood before the water systems can benefit the recipients.

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    I like RWH programs. I would definitely like to learn more about the expansion strategy for more tanks.

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    Project seems very effective and will also give benefit to the household living in the area and will promote Rain Water harvesting.

  • Rating: 2

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    I think this has been an excellent discussion. But now, Aa Foundation has to go back to the planning stage again.

    With the information from the peers, a new plan needs to be developed.

    On the technical side, first figure out the RWH potential and sizing.

    Then whether to revive old common water bodies or create individual tanks. If individual tanks, figure out how to get ISSB press, training, and maybe even a demo structure (at an existing project).

    On the social side, go understand the staging of sanitation and water; maybe it is better to get sanitation working first and then provide water as a reward.

    Then we would be happy to consider your new proposal again with both a more informed plan and a new budget.

    Also, the metrics you have proposed describe an implementation phase, but contain very little information about actual indicators on whether the project is meeting the plan long-term or not.

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    The reality at the site in Malur is same as how it is explained here in the 'Background' section. With the help of the AA Foundation representative, i was able to have conversations with women and children who are using this facility and i felt thankful for PeerWater for initiating the much required sanitation and rainwater harvest system for the angadwadi's. Thank You PWX!
    The challenging part that i observed while visiting Malur project was the maintenance of these facilities. Is it possible to review the standards of construction as per the unique site conditions and its end users? just a thought, is it possible to have a few standard prototypes of construction that could be selected and implemented after analyzing the individual sites and its requirements? It's a far fetched thought which will require some extra work initially, but maybe solve the overall issues of easy maintenance for future.

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    can be consider . If the budget can be brought down & it can be implemented at small scale.

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