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 # PW110SU21 is located in the village Bishnupur at the Sutia Panchayet in Gaighata. Mr. Sankar Paik donated the site for the community.

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    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) Over 3 Years after completion 19 Aug, 2013

    Operating Status:

    4ft water. 18 families 72 peoples. Good water, drinking and cooking used.

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    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Over 3 Years after completion 4 Jul, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Maintenance hasbeen done.

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    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) Over 3 Years after completion 4 Jul, 2013

    Operating Status:

    2ft water. 18 families 72peoples, drinking and cooking used.

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    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) Over 3 Years after completion 1 Jul, 2013

    Operating Status:

    300ml theoline was sold.

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    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) Over 3 Years after completion 2 May, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Theoline 300ml.

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    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) About 3 Years after completion 21 Mar, 2013

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    16 families 63 people drinking and cooking used.

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    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) About 3 Years after completion 8 Mar, 2013

    Operating Status:

    10famili 40people. Good water.Drink and Cooking.

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    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) About 3 Years after completion 17 Jan, 2013

    Operating Status:

    water calection.

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    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) Almost 3 Years after completion 3 Dec, 2012

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    visit .

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    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) Almost 3 Years after completion 19 Nov, 2012

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    . Hand over packet .

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    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) Almost 3 Years after completion 19 Nov, 2012

    Operating Status:

    . Hand over packet .

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    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Almost 3 Years after completion 17 Oct, 2012

    Operating Status:

    20 ft water. 21 users. Cooking and drinking, theoline 400 ml.

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

    One of the randomly selected dugwell to test for arsenic.

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    This well was not functioning for 5 days because of the leak on the top end of the flexible pipe. The users were reluctant to check on the leak for the fear of falling into the dugwell. The maintenance person of Aqua Welfare Society used a towel to unscrew the flexible pipe, cut off the leaky portion from the top of the pipe, about a centimeter, with a sickle ('kaichi'), to fix the leak. There is a serious need to educate the people on the severity of arsenic. The government should be more serious on this matter that is the public health and broadcast such news over the media to educate the population.

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    Rudi Dundas 11 Months after completion 26 Nov, 2010

    November 26, 2010 - Rudi Dundas and Chris Majors

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    19-20 families use this well, plus passers by. Very successful well. Good water for drinking and cooking, no iron. Run by a consumer's group who take care of the basic maintenance. We interviewed Mita Paik who made us tea. She had arsenic symptoms (gastritis and keratosis) but has gotten better with the water from PW110.

  • 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 # PW110SU21 is located in the village Bishnupur at the Sutia Panchayet in Gaighata. Mr. Sankar Paik 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

Arsenic result using USEPA quick test in the field showed arsenic concentration below 5 PBB (the lowest detection limit).

Research and Development is part of the project. The Arsenic level is 6 PPB (BIS stnd is 50PPB)and the date of report October 22, 2009. The Total coliform is 0 CFU/100ml and Fecal coliform is 0 CFU/100ml. Report date is Dec 7, 2009. Chlorination is done once a week.

Impact

People Impacted: 35

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 30

According to register records from July 2011, there are 9 beneficiary families and 30 consumers. Male=18, Female=12, children <5 = 2 and students =8. But as of June 2010 the number of families is increased to 20 and total consumers is 62.

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