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 a proposed site for dugwell #PW143RSLP1 located in the village Rosullapur para in Chakdah block of Nadia district. Debdas Das donated the site for the community.

    Meera Hira-Smith ( Project Well ) Over 2 Years after completion 23 Nov, 2012

    field visit report

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    Visited this borewell that was installed in 2010 because it has not been functioning for few months now. The hand pump is detached by the owner, debu das, due to dispute with the neighbors because he had requested the water users to fill water in buckets or pots instead of plastic bottles that spills more water. The new neighbor who constructed a one storey building opposite to their house is no longer allowing water to be drained over their property. After spending about 30 minutes in hearing stories of major incidents that occurred (including his son being almost beaten up) that forced him and his family to detach the hand pump. After talking to the neighbors and Debu Das and boosting his spirit once again saying that he gave the land for the community because he has a good heart and to rethink in doing the same. He agreed to re-attach the handpump and the neighbors will make the drain so that water passes to the pond that is behind the constructed house. Voila! problem solved. Shikha, the field worker of AWS, will follow up over phone next week.

    • SMS
    Paramita Guha ( Project Well ) 11 Months after completion 28 Jun, 2011

    Operating Status:

    here water is good 20 family uses this well water. Thank You According to June's monthly status report there are 94 consumers.

  • 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 a proposed site for dugwell #PW143RSLP1 located in the village Rosullapur para in Chakdah block of Nadia district. Debdas Das donated the site for the community.

Other Issues

Unusual and unexpected issues faced during project execution

Research and Development is part of the project. This is a borewell with a 30 foot pipe of diameter of 10 inches and thickness 8 inches. No concrete rings are used in this model. This has been modified to observe the availability of water throughout the year. Though these borewells are arsenic safe, chlorination will continue. See the picture showing the tube attached to the borewell that is used to pour the theoline solution.

Impact

People Impacted: 90

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 90

According to the register record of July 2011 the total consumers=90; Families=18; Male=43, Female=47, children <5 = 4 and students =39.
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20 families using this well

Now 9 families are using this source. Register is yet to be created.

Update Sept 2010: 8 families are using water from this source for drinking & cooking purposes. Registers are being created and will be available soon.

Maintenance/Operating Costs Annual, in US$: $20

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:
$1,127

Plan/Proposal