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 #PW95JHDN4, is located at latitude 22.94311 and longitude 88.83809 in the village Chaitipara at the Jhowdanga Panchayet in Gaighata. Nirmal Das 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- 4,people-10.

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    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Over 3 Years after completion 27 Aug, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Health meeting has been finished . M-9, F-17, Ch-3.

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    Jyotsna Sarkar ( Project Well ) Over 3 Years after completion 27 Aug, 2013

    Operating Status:

    there is 15ft water . 500ml theoline was sold.5 families 22 people, good water used for drinking and cooking. and gave the handover folder.

    • SMS
    Jyotsna Sarkar ( Project Well ) Over 3 Years after completion 13 Jul, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Maintenance need to do.

    • SMS
    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) About 3 Years after completion 14 Mar, 2013

    Operating Status:

    2ft water. 5famili 22 people,drink and cooking used.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) About 3 Years after completion 14 Feb, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Water collection for annual arsenic test

    • SMS
    Jyotsna Sarkar ( Project Well ) Almost 3 Years after completion 20 Dec, 2012

    Operating Status:

    is 9ft water .500ml theoine was sold .5families.22people.good water used for drinking and cooking.

  • Impact Assessment (M&E) Phase Project completed on 31 Dec, 2009 Implementation Phase
    Meera Hira-Smith ( Project Well ) 12 Months after start 23 Dec, 2009

    Testimony of Mr. Nirmal Das of PW95

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    The interview was taken by Ms Sassi Pal enquiring about the quality of the water of the new dugwell.

    Meera Hira-Smith ( Project Well ) 12 Months after start 23 Dec, 2009

    PW95JHDN4

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    Meera M Hira Smith: Visited on 23rd November 2009. Video was taken and the couple who donated the site is optimistic about popularity of the dugwell because the taste of water is excellent.

    The video was taken (Bangla) that will be uploaded shortly.

  • 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 #PW95JHDN4, is located at latitude 22.94311 and longitude 88.83809 in the village Chaitipara at the Jhowdanga Panchayet in Gaighata. Nirmal Das 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 1 PPB (BIS stnd is 50PPB)and the date of report October 22, 2009. The Total coliform is 53 CFU/100ml and Fecal coliform is 17 CFU/100ml. Report date is Dec 7, 2009. Chlorination is done once a week.

Learnings

Knowledge of project and process for sharing

According to the video more than 15 family drinks water from this dugwell and in addition the farmers who work in the field also use the dugwell. According to the testimony on the video the taste of water is very good, there is no iron and the lady says that cooking with dugwell water turns out great. The status of dugwell report that is recorded monthly states that only one family is using the dugwell. There is a need to cross check the field report by a staff of member of AWS other than the field worker who is in charge of this particular dugwell. It is also important to organize health meeting and let the people know that it is safe to use the water.

Impact

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 21

According to the register record of July 2011 the total consumers=21; Families=5; Male=11, Female=10, children <5 = 2 and students =3.
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The numbers are the same as of June 2010.

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