Self-supporting community- based mitigation program that provides arsenic safe water using modified dugwells along with public education on water related health effects.

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Narrative

This dugwell #PW93JHDN1, is located at latitude 22.95844 and longitude 88.82990 in the village Kanaipara at the Jhowdanga Panchayet in Gaighata. Dukhiram Mondol donated the site for the community.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) About 4 Years after completion 19 Feb, 2014

    Operating Status:

    Health meeting has been finished. Total-families- 7,people-38.

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    Jyotsna Sarkar ( Project Well ) Over 3 Years after completion 24 Aug, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Gave the handover folder.

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    Jyotsna Sarkar ( Project Well ) Almost 3 Years after completion 18 Nov, 2012

    Operating Status:

    Gave the hand nver packet.

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    Farida Bibi ( Project Well ) About 2 Years after completion 13 Mar, 2012

    Operating Status:

    dry.

    Meera Hira-Smith ( Project Well ) Over 1 Year after completion 23 Jun, 2011

    One of the randomly selected dugwell for the bimonthly test for arsenic.

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    When we went to collect water from this dugwell we found that it was nor working for several days because the dugwell was dry. The person who donated the land took off the hand pump and was using it on his private tubewell that contained arsenic. The maintenance person should have visited this place earlier but his reason was also right and that is they want the users to repair small leaks and clean ups hence he did not visit. So we were about to bring the hand pump away with us after the minor repair and we could collect water. The users objected and requested that we kept the hand pump for 7 families comprised of 29 family members were using this well when the well was functioning. They were revisited for survey on the following day and truly the well water was being used. Thus we see that it is indeed important to re-visit these wells where the people are still uneducated and live far from the main, motorable roads.

  • Impact Assessment (M&E) Phase Project completed on 31 Dec, 2009 Implementation Phase
  • Implementation Phase Project started on 1 Jan, 2009 Preparation Phase

Self-supporting community- based mitigation program that provides arsenic safe water using modified dugwells along with public education on water related health effects.

Narrative

This dugwell #PW93JHDN1, is located at latitude 22.95844 and longitude 88.82990 in the village Kanaipara at the Jhowdanga Panchayet in Gaighata. Dukhiram Mondol donated the site for the community.

Sustainability

Creating and measuring long-term impact

The users would require to purchase theoline, the disinfectant, and also repair minor wear and tear. The dugwells will be visited by the field workers every month for one year to get technical and utility reports followed by inspection once or twice a year.

Other Issues

Unusual and unexpected issues faced during project execution

Research and Development is part of the project. The Arsenic level is 9 PPB (BIS stnd is 50PPB)and the date of report October 22, 2009. The Total coliform is 64 CFU/100ml and Fecal coliform is 46 CFU/100ml. Report date is Dec 7, 2009. Chlorination is done once a week.

Impact

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 55

According to the register record of July 2011 the total consumers=55; Families=13; Male=32, Female=23, children <5 = 0 and students =13. As of June 2010 this dugwell was dry in summer due to less rainfall in the preceding year. The monsoon rains have started that will bring back the users.

People Getting Other Benefits: 50

Public health education on arsenic health effects and personal hygiene is given to all the dugwell beneficiaries. A training program on the maintenance of the dugwells (including chlorination) is given to develop a sense of ownership and to make the program sustainable. There are five field workers working on the dugwell program who are selected from the arsenic afflicted villages. They are involved in site selection, village meetings during site selection, followed by construction of the wells and also follow up the on the technical faults of the dugwells and the number of users. The villagers are also shown VCDs on how to improve personal health and hygiene through proper practices. The office of Aqua Welfare Society is located in the village. The awareness programmer and experts of geology and technical knowhow are based in Kolkata who visit the village office and sites occasionally to create awareness amongst the user group, prospective users and students of schools. Trades like well-digging, pottery, and masonry, are required for the dugwell program and are benefiting from work generated by the project.

Maintenance/Operating Costs Annual, in US$: $40

Creating and measuring long-term impact

The users would require to purchase theoline, the disinfectant, and also repair minor wear and tear. The dugwells will be visited by the field workers every month for one year to get technical and utility reports followed by inspection once or twice a year.

Implementer: Project Well & Aqua Welfare Society

Aqua Welfare Society, AWS, is the partner NGO. Their office is based in the North 24 Parganas. The 8 honorary board members are located in Kolkata. There are only 5 field workers who are interacting with the villagers and beneficiaries, training the users on maintenance of the dugwells, organizing village meetings and health meetings. A technical advisor of AWS is based in Kolkata who visits the village occasionally and one awareness programmer who is in charge of awareness programs in the communities and educational institutions. There is an accountant and also a data entry person on part time basis.

Funding

Funded:
$1,050
Final Cost:
$1,050

Plan/Proposal