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 is site for bore-dugwell #PW124NRDH2 located in the village Noradaha, the _______ Panchayet in Gaighata block of North 24 Parganas district. Shanti Biswas donated the site for the community.

    Meera Hira-Smith ( Project Well ) Over 2 Years after completion 27 Nov, 2012

    Visited by Meera Smith and Laltu Midhya

    Status: Complete - Unsuccessful

    Operating Status:

    This well for reasons unknown gets dry most of the year. There may be some geomorphological or geological reason. This shallow modern dugwell is located on the higher side/bank of the oxbow lake. It is speculated that the water drains into the lake except when the water level of the lake is higher than the water table of this dugwell. Initially people were using this well, later on it has been abandoned due to being dry.

    Meera Hira-Smith ( Project Well ) About 1 Month after completion 1 Sep, 2010

    Meera Hira-Smith Visit Report

    Status: Complete - Partial Success

    Operating Status:

    Visited this site with the technical manager, project manager, awareness programmer and the maintenance personal to see the exact situation why three newly constructed bore-dugwells in the same village, Nordaha, are not working. These sites are located in one line along the main pathway of the viallge. And the fourth bore-dugwell that was located a little interior of the village was working fine. The technical manager assessed that the instructions were not followed by the user community that is to pump the well water out after construction for few days. It was not followed as a result the fine sand is still clogging the pores of the bottom 10 feet of the tube that is perforated. An awareness program comprising of user communities of all the three sites will be held on 10th September 2010 where all the above staff and also all the field workers will be present for it would be a learning experience for those who have just joined the organization.

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  • Impact Assessment (M&E) Phase Project completed on 31 Jul, 2010 Implementation Phase
  • Implementation Phase Project started on 1 Nov, 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 is site for bore-dugwell #PW124NRDH2 located in the village Noradaha, the _______ Panchayet in Gaighata block of North 24 Parganas district. Shanti Biswas donated the site for the community.

Other Issues

Unusual and unexpected issues faced during project execution

The boring part of the construction is complete. TDigging and housing is pending and will be completed by June. Following which the arsenic test and application of the disinfectant are due. The community will be trained to apply the disinfectant and field workers will visit the bore-dugwell for two years or until the user community feels confident to take the responsibility of the bore-dugwell.

Learnings

Knowledge of project and process for sharing

This well for reasons unknown gets dry most of the year. There may be some geomorphological or geological reason. This shallow modern dugwell is located on the higher side/bank of the oxbow lake it is speculated that the water drains into the lake except when the water level of the lake is higher than the water table of this dugwell. Initially people were using this well later on it has been abandoned due to being dry.

Impact

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

Creating and measuring long-term impact

Implementer: Project Well & Aqua Welfare Society

Aqua Welfare Society, AWS, is the partner NGO of Project Well. Their office is based in the North 24 Parganas. The 7 honorary board members are located in Kolkata. There were only 5 field workers who were interacting with the villagers and beneficiaries, training the users on maintenance of the dugwells, organizing village meetings and health meetings. This year four more field workers including a management trainee have been contracted due to expansion of the program to other districts like Nadia and Murshidabad. 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:
$800
Final Cost:
$1,050
$800:
MSSCT

Plan/Proposal