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 # PW106FLS1 is located in the B M Pally village at the Fulshara Panchayet in Gaighata block. Mr. Sukumar Biswas donated the site for the community.

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    Farida Bibi ( Project Well ) About 4 Years after completion 19 Feb, 2014

    Operating Status:

    halth metting has been finished 8familier 41peoples

  • 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 # PW106FLS1 is located in the B M Pally village at the Fulshara Panchayet in Gaighata block. Mr. Sukumar Biswas 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 10 PPB (BIS stnd is 50PPB)and the date of report October 22, 2009. The Total coliform and Fecal coliform are both undetected'. Report date is Dec 7, 2009. Chlorination is done once a week.

Learnings

Knowledge of project and process for sharing

Though the arsenic level is within permissible limit and both total and fecal coliforms were undetected people cannot use the dugwell water because there was some technical problem. Sand has clogged up the inserted pipe. This dugwell is undergoing clean-up or 'washing' and hoping that potential beneficiaries will start using soon after chlorination.

Impact

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 21

According to the register record of July 2011 the total consumers=21; Families=6; Male=10, Female=11, children s report the water is good and people have started using the water.

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: Aqua Welfare Society, West Bengal, India

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
$1,000:
Blue Planet Network

Plan/Proposal