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

(a) Twenty dugwells #PW49 to PW67 were funded by Blue Planet Run Foundation; (b) Four more dugwells were contructed that were pending from the fund (US$5126) received in 2006 and 2007 from Groupe Mosaique of Quebec, Canada (3) and Kallol Club of New jersey (1). (c) The two field workers from Gaighata were involved from May 2007 and will be engaged until April 2008.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) About 6 Years after completion 26 Feb, 2014

    Operating Status:

    pw53. Not used . Gave the theoline 500 ml.

    • SMS
    Jyotsna Sarkar ( Project Well ) About 6 Years after completion 20 Feb, 2014

    Operating Status:

    meeting has been finished 8families 28people.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) About 6 Years after completion 20 Feb, 2014

    Operating Status:

    Pw-58. Health meeting has been finished. Total-families- 10,people-28.

    • SMS
    Farida Bibi ( Project Well ) About 6 Years after completion 20 Feb, 2014

    Operating Status:

    pw60 halth meeting has been finished 10families 41people

    • SMS
    Jyotsna Sarkar ( Project Well ) About 6 Years after completion 19 Feb, 2014

    Operating Status:

    Health meeting has been finished.7 families 26 people.

    • SMS
    Jyotsna Sarkar ( Project Well ) About 6 Years after completion 19 Feb, 2014

    Operating Status:

    Health meeting has been finished.7families 39people

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) About 6 Years after completion 19 Feb, 2014

    Operating Status:

    Health meeting has been finished. Total-families- 10,people-48.

    • SMS
    Farida Bibi ( Project Well ) About 6 Years after completion 19 Feb, 2014

    Operating Status:

    PW50: health meeting has been finished 8 families 41peoples

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) About 6 Years after completion 18 Feb, 2014

    Operating Status:

    PW52: Health meeting has been finished. Total-41.visited 9 families.

    • SMS
    Laltu Mirza ( Project Well ) About 6 Years after completion 7 Feb, 2014

    Operating Status:

    pw73 set checkvalve,nut today.

    • SMS
    Laltu Mirza ( Project Well ) About 6 Years after completion 7 Feb, 2014

    Operating Status:

    pw50 set checkvalve.nut and head cover today.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) About 6 Years after completion 30 Jan, 2014

    Operating Status:

    pw64. 10- 7" water. Used for other purposes. Gave the theoline 300 ml.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) About 6 Years after completion 20 Jan, 2014

    Operating Status:

    pw62. 12' 4" water. 8 familise, 34 peoples. Used for cooking and drinking . Gave the theoline 400 ml.

    • SMS
    Laltu Mirza ( Project Well ) About 6 Years after completion 9 Jan, 2014

    Operating Status:

    pw 56 tin setting today.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Almost 6 Years after completion 28 Nov, 2013

    Operating Status:

    pw53. Used for others working . Gave the theoline 500 ml.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Almost 6 Years after completion 28 Nov, 2013

    Operating Status:

    pw64. Used for others working . Gave the theoline 400 ml.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Almost 6 Years after completion 27 Nov, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Used for cooking and drinking . Gave the theoline 1 lt.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Almost 6 Years after completion 27 Nov, 2013

    Operating Status:

    pw62. 13' 9" ft water. 8 familise, 34 peoples. Used for cooking and drinking . Gave the theoline 200 ml.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Almost 6 Years after completion 25 Oct, 2013

    Operating Status:

    pw53. Health meeting has been finished. M-4, F-6, Ch-3.

    • SMS
    Farida Bibi ( Project Well ) Almost 6 Years after completion 9 Oct, 2013

    Operating Status:

    yesterday went to pw222and pw223 to give notice about awareness programme next month

    • SMS
    Shikha Majumdar ( Project Well ) Almost 6 Years after completion 2 Oct, 2013

    Operating Status:

    pw44 pesting.

    • SMS
    Farida Bibi ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 18 Sep, 2013

    Operating Status:

    went for inspection

    • SMS
    Farida Bibi ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 18 Sep, 2013

    Operating Status:

    pw64 went for inspection

    • SMS
    Laltu Mirza ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 9 Sep, 2013

    Operating Status:

    pw69 set waher,nut ,checkvalve and pipe change. cost of labor Rs.230 and material Rs. 277.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 9 Sep, 2013

    Operating Status:

    near pw72. New site no.1, water collection. Pachpota high school/ Gaighata.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 9 Sep, 2013

    Operating Status:

    near pw72. New site no.2, water collection. Pachpota high school/ Gaighata.

    • SMS
    Laltu Mirza ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 5 Sep, 2013

    Operating Status:

    pw53 set washer,checkvalve,nut and pipe tested today.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 5 Sep, 2013

    Operating Status:

    pw60. Gave the handover folder.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 5 Sep, 2013

    Operating Status:

    pw62. Gave the handover folder.

    • SMS
    Laltu Mirza ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 30 Aug, 2013

    Operating Status:

    pw85 set checkvalve. nut.today.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 29 Aug, 2013

    Operating Status:

    pw64. 12 ft water. Gave the theoline 500 ml. Not used.

    • SMS
    Laltu Mirza ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 29 Aug, 2013

    Operating Status:

    pw64 set checkvalve today..

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 20 Aug, 2013

    Operating Status:

    PW - 72 Health meeting has been finished . M-8, F-11, Ch-6.

    aparna has sent this message that is still in her outbox:

    @pwx p32.PW72 Health meeting has been finished . M-8, F-11, Ch-6.

    • SMS
    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 19 Aug, 2013

    Operating Status:

    pw55. 500ml theoline was sold. 16 families 61 peoples.

    • SMS
    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 10 Aug, 2013

    Operating Status:

    ,pw58. 8'6" water, 5 families 21 peoples, good water , drinking and cooking used.

    • SMS
    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 10 Aug, 2013

    Operating Status:

    , pw56. 8ft water, 6 families 26 peoples, good water, drinking and cooking used.

    • SMS
    Jyotsna Sarkar ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 8 Aug, 2013

    Operating Status:

    PW-50, 200ml theoline was sold. 6 families. 30 people. good water used for drinking and cooking.

    • SMS
    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 5 Aug, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Water collection for annual arsenic test

    • SMS
    Jyotsna Sarkar ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 1 Aug, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Maintenance has been dane of pw_72

    • SMS
    Jyotsna Sarkar ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 1 Aug, 2013

    Operating Status:

    PW72 there is 5ft water.500ml theoline was given.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 19 Jul, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Panchayet Election-No work today. Projector programme next Friday.

    • SMS
    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 4 Jul, 2013

    Operating Status:

    12ft water. 16 families 62peoples, drinking and cooking usd.

    • SMS
    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 3 Jul, 2013

    Operating Status:

    pw56. 300ml theoline was sold. Rs.6. 10 families 42 peoples, Used for drinking and cooking.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 1 Jul, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Pw-60 . Water collection.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 1 Jul, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Pw-64 . Water collection.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 29 Jun, 2013

    Operating Status:

    . 4 ft water. Not Used Bishnupur/ Gaighata.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 27 Jun, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Pw-72 . 3 ft water. Need the maintenance.

    • SMS
    Safikul Molla ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 25 Jun, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Office attended Champa & Safikul are meeting and office work.

    • SMS
    Safikul Molla ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 24 Jun, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Today at the field office meeting Aparna,Shilpi,Biswajit,Animesh,Laltu,Farida,Champa, &Safikul are present.

    • SMS
    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 13 Jun, 2013

    Operating Status:

    pw58 300ml. theoline was sold.

    • SMS
    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 13 Jun, 2013

    Operating Status:

    pw55. 600ml theoline was sold.

    • SMS
    Safikul Molla ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 12 Jun, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Today at the field office meeting Aparna,Shilpi,Biswajit,Animesh,Laltu,Farida,Champa, &Safikul are present.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 25 May, 2013

    Operating Status:

    pw-62 Good bwater. 4 ft water.Theoline 200 ml. 3 families, 18 people. Used for cooking and drinking. Gazna/ Gaighata.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 2 May, 2013

    Operating Status:

    pw-56. Gave the arsenic report. Gave the theoline 200 ml. Bishnupur/ Gaighata.

    • SMS
    Jyotsna Sarkar ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 2 May, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Gave the Arsenic Report. Arsenic Lebel is 0.01pmm.of pw-55

    • Third Party
    • SMS
    Anonymous Over 5 Years after completion 30 Apr, 2013

    Operating Status:

    PW-55. Health meeting has been finished. Bishnupur

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 30 Apr, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Pw-55. Health meeting has been finished. M-2, F-4, Ch-4. Bishnupur / Gaighata.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 30 Apr, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Pw-55. Health meeting has been finished. M-2, F-4, Ch-4. Bishnupur / Gaighata.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Over 5 Years after completion 4 Apr, 2013

    Operating Status:

    pw-62.Give the Arsenic report .

    • SMS
    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) About 5 Years after completion 28 Mar, 2013

    Operating Status:

    pw56. 5' water. 10 families 42 people drinking and cooking used.

    • SMS
    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) About 5 Years after completion 28 Mar, 2013

    Operating Status:

    pw58. 2'6" water. 6families 24people drinking and cooking used.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) About 5 Years after completion 26 Mar, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Projector programme neer this dugwell at pw-72. Pachpota prathomic viddhalaya. Studant-23, Teachers-5.Sutia

    • SMS
    Jyotsna Sarkar ( Project Well ) About 5 Years after completion 21 Mar, 2013

    Operating Status:

    PW72.There is 3 ft water. not used. panchapota

    • SMS
    Jyotsna Sarkar ( Project Well ) About 5 Years after completion 21 Mar, 2013

    Operating Status:

    there is 6ft of water.200ml theoline was sold.3 familie 14People good water used for drinking and cooking. gave the arsenic report. Mahishakati.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) About 5 Years after completion 21 Mar, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Pw-60 . Good water. 6 families, used for cooking. 300 ml theoline. Bishnupur.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) About 5 Years after completion 21 Mar, 2013

    Operating Status:

    pw-64. 3 ft water. 200 ml theoline. Gazna dudh samiti.

    • SMS
    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) About 5 Years after completion 21 Mar, 2013

    Operating Status:

    pw55. 10ft water. 14 families 52 people drinking and cooking used .

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) About 5 Years after completion 21 Mar, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Pw-62. Good water. 8 families, 32 people. Used for cooking and drinking. Theoline 300 ml. Gazna.

    • SMS
    Jyotsna Sarkar ( Project Well ) About 5 Years after completion 8 Mar, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Pw-53. Need the maintenance. Nagbari.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) About 5 Years after completion 25 Feb, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Pw-64. Water good. Not used.

    • SMS
    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) About 5 Years after completion 28 Jan, 2013

    Operating Status:

    pw71 . 1 liter theoline is supplied for. 2 families 6 persons

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) About 5 Years after completion 17 Jan, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Water collection.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) About 5 Years after completion 17 Jan, 2013

    Operating Status:

    Water calection.

    • SMS
    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) About 5 Years after completion 17 Jan, 2013

    Operating Status:

    pw56 . Water calecation .

    • SMS
    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) About 5 Years after completion 17 Jan, 2013

    Operating Status:

    water calecation.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) About 5 Years after completion 29 Dec, 2012

    Operating Status:

    Pw 64. Health meeting is ok. M - 1 F - 9, CH - 8.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 27 Dec, 2012

    Operating Status:

    Pw-62. Health meeting is ok. People 20, M-2,F-10, C- 8.

    • SMS
    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 22 Dec, 2012

    Operating Status:

    pw56 . Surva , 9famili 47 people drinking and cooking used .

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 22 Dec, 2012

    Operating Status:

    Pw-62. Water 9 ft, 6 familis ,31 people good water. 200 ml theoline was sold.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 22 Dec, 2012

    Operating Status:

    Water 9 ft, 6 familis ,31 people good water. 200 ml theoline was sold.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 22 Dec, 2012

    Operating Status:

    Pw-64. Water 6 ft, 3 familis used for others working.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 17 Dec, 2012

    Operating Status:

    Pw56. Health meeting is ok. People 17.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 15 Dec, 2012

    Operating Status:

    58. Health meeting is ok. People 20.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 8 Dec, 2012

    Operating Status:

    pw62, good water, 6 familis used by driking and cooking.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 8 Dec, 2012

    Operating Status:

    Pw64. Good water, others working.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 8 Dec, 2012

    Operating Status:

    Pw64. Good water, others working.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 3 Dec, 2012

    Operating Status:

    .Good water, 17 ft water, 6 familis used for cooking and drinking pw 52.

    • SMS
    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 1 Dec, 2012

    Operating Status:

    pw58 500ml theoline was given .

    • SMS
    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 1 Dec, 2012

    Operating Status:

    pw55 400ml theoline was given .

    • SMS
    Safikul Molla ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 1 Dec, 2012

    Operating Status:

    attented Farida,,Champa&Safikul are meeting and arsenik test.

    • SMS
    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 27 Nov, 2012

    Operating Status:

    pw58 . Hand over packet .

    • SMS
    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 27 Nov, 2012

    Operating Status:

    p32 pw56 . Hand over packet .

    • SMS
    Shilpi Poddar ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 27 Nov, 2012

    Operating Status:

    p32 pw 55 . Hand over packet .

    • SMS
    Meera Hira-Smith ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 27 Nov, 2012

    Operating Status:

    p32 pw73 gd water 13 families using for cooking and drinking

    • SMS
    Meera Hira-Smith ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 27 Nov, 2012

    Operating Status:

    p32 pw53 constr 2007 now not used level12ft. water is turbid need to make detachable pipe of 2ft. Check valve and washer nd to be fixed.

    • SMS
    Safikul Molla ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 21 Nov, 2012

    Operating Status:

    Today at the field office meeting Aparna, Shilpi, Sikha, Ranajit, Animesh, Laltu, Farida, Champa, & Safikul are present.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 20 Nov, 2012

    Operating Status:

    Good water, 5 familis, 21 poeple for cooking.

    • SMS
    Jyotsna Sarkar ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 20 Nov, 2012

    Operating Status:

    Gave the hand over packege.

    • SMS
    Safikul Molla ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 19 Nov, 2012

    Operating Status:

    Today at the field office meeting Mrs Meera Smith,Animesh,Laltu,farida,Champa, prasun &Safikul are present.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 19 Nov, 2012

    Operating Status:

    Pw 60 Good water. 14 familir, 52 people by the used drinking & cooking. Gave the Hand over pacage.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 19 Nov, 2012

    Operating Status:

    Good water. 7 familir, 31 people by the used drinking & cooking. Gave the Hand over pacage.

    • SMS
    Jyotsna Sarkar ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 18 Nov, 2012

    Operating Status:

    Gave the hand over packet.

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 12 Nov, 2012

    Operating Status:

    Pw-62: Good water, 6 families, 31 people used for cooking & drinking.

    • SMS
    Jyotsna Sarkar ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 12 Nov, 2012

    Operating Status:

    given the handover package

    • SMS
    Jyotsna Sarkar ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 8 Nov, 2012

    Operating Status:

    people are not using because the water is turbid

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 8 Nov, 2012

    Operating Status:

    There is 13 ft of water. 400 ml theoline was sold. 14 familis . Good water used for drinking & cooking.

    • SMS
    Safikul Molla ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 7 Nov, 2012

    Operating Status:

    Weekly office meeting: Attended by Animesh, Laltu, Farida, Shilpi, Champa, Aparna, & Safikul. Meeting is ok.

    • SMS
    Farida Bibi ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 19 Oct, 2012

    Operating Status:

    Projector program- jhowdanga sammilani high school (HS).

    • SMS
    Suparna Mondol ( Project Well ) Almost 5 Years after completion 19 Oct, 2012

    Operating Status:

    Projector program at jhowdanga sammilani high school ( H S) near PW52.150 students and 5 teachers and one non-teaching staff attended the program, The total number of students in the school is 1263 and 28 teachers. Program ok.

    • SMS
    Paramita Guha ( Project Well ) Over 4 Years after completion 17 May, 2012

    Operating Status:

    pw68 of 2007 was used by 132 consumers and it could not be used for a well due to shortage of water. Dredging of 21.5 ft has been done today 17/5/12 and the water can be consumed from tomorrow. Thanks Paramita?

    Meera Hira-Smith ( Project Well ) Almost 4 Years after completion 17 Oct, 2011

    status of dugwells constructed in 2007.

    Status: Complete - Partial Success

    Operating Status:

    Out of 24 dugwells 17 are being used and due to technical problems and ignorance of some prospective communities 7 have been closed and abandoned. Project Well can provide exact dugwell ID numbers upon request.

    Meera Hira-Smith ( Project Well ) Over 3 Years after completion 23 Jun, 2011

    visit to see the latest status after the closure survey

    Status: Complete - Unsuccessful

    Operating Status:

    This well was visited by the technical manager and the project manager on the same day. This well needs to be closed since pipeline is being used. People do not wish the dugwell to be filled with dirt for they fear that the pipeline may not function properly sometimes when they can use the dugwell water.

    Meera Hira-Smith ( Project Well ) Over 3 Years after completion 23 Jun, 2011

    One of the randomly selected dugwell for the bimonthly test for arsenic.

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    This well was visited by the technical manager and the project manager on the same day. The water quality is normal and according to the june report 3 families comrised of 11 members are using this well.Need to have health meetings here.

    Meera Hira-Smith ( Project Well ) Over 3 Years after completion 23 Jun, 2011

    PW50: One of the randomly selected dugwell for the bimonthly test for arsenic.

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    2 families comprised of 10 members are using this well water. It was raining very badly hence the photographer could not take any picture at this site.

    Meera Hira-Smith ( Project Well ) Over 3 Years after completion 23 Jun, 2011

    One of the randomly selected dugwell for the bimonthly test for arsenic.

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    16 families comprised of 67 members are using this well water.

    Meera Hira-Smith ( Project Well ) Almost 2 Years after completion 12 Oct, 2009

    PW68JLS1 was visited on June 17 2009

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    118 people from 20 families use water from this dugwell. The taste of water is better than deep tubewell and regarding people's mindset: there is no water body visible near this dugwell hence people are not reluctant to use water from this dugwell that was constructed in 2007.

    • Third Party
    Ayse Ercumen 10 Months after completion 5 Nov, 2008

    Project Well Visit by Ayse Ercumen (UC Berkeley Graduate Student in the School of Public Health) June 20, 2008

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    I visited the Project Well field site in Maslandpur in June 2008. The manager of field operations, Mr. Dennis, gave me a tour of the project area and answered my questions. He informed that, to date, 34 wells had been installed in Gaighata with 10 more planned for 2009, and 48 in Deganga/Habra1.

    The well that I visited was fully functional and in operation, with users coming to collect water during the time I was there. Mr. Dennis informed me that 20 to 25 families share a well, and the wells are especially in demand by families that have arsenic-induced skin lesion cases. Mr. Dennis also pointed out that because the wells tap into shallow aquifers that primarily collect infiltrating rainwater, they may sometimes run dry in the rainless season. Users may have to depend on other water sources during that time, and the volume of water available does affect the number of users. However, records show that only 10% of the wells go completely dry. The well that I looked at had been recently chlorinated at the time of my visit. The sample from the well did not have any turbidity, objectionable taste or odor.

    Meera Hira-Smith ( Project Well ) 7 Months after completion 28 Jul, 2008

    PWVD1: Testimony of Shantona Das of PW54_Gaighata, India.

    Status: Complete - Successful

    Operating Status:

    The dugwell PW54 was constructed in 2007 that was funded by BPR. According to the monitoring report of June 2008 fifteen families (60 members) are using the dugwell in addition to a school that has 209 pupils. Please view the video, PWVD1, to hear Mrs. Shantona Das' testimony

  • Impact Assessment (M&E) Phase Project completed on 31 Dec, 2007 Implementation Phase
  • Implementation Phase Project started on 1 Jan, 2007 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

(a) Twenty dugwells #PW49 to PW67 were funded by Blue Planet Run Foundation; (b) Four more dugwells were contructed that were pending from the fund (US$5126) received in 2006 and 2007 from Groupe Mosaique of Quebec, Canada (3) and Kallol Club of New jersey (1). (c) The two field workers from Gaighata were involved from May 2007 and will be engaged until April 2008.

Sustainability

Creating and measuring long-term impact

For 20 dugwells USD 680

Other Issues

Unusual and unexpected issues faced during project execution

1st week Jan: Two meetings were held at the end of last year at the Block Development Office of Gaighata with the BDO officer in charge, Medical Officer in charge, Dr. Mondol, and some Panchayet Pradhans that went well. They have assured their cooperation in the arsenic prone panchayets of their block. They would guide and assist in choosing the sites. There are some Womens' Cooperative of 'Milk producers', who according to the Karmadakshya, (the officer in charge) could form CBGs. In January two person from the Gaighata Block are being recruited for training starting with how to select the sites for dugwells by organizing meetings in the areas with the prospective users educating the users about use of dugwell water compared with arsenic contaminated tube well water and responsibility to be taken up by the CBGs on maintenance of the dugwells etc.

The next step would be assigning the identity number of the dugwell sites and recording the geocodes of the location, testing nearby tubewells to confirm presence of arsenic followed by recording names, age, and profession of the users in registers.

Jan 18th: So far 11 prospective sites have been selected through the office of the Block Development and the Panchayets. More to be seen by next week. By the end of February all 20 sites are planned to be finalized by the experts though the construction will be not until in April. Between February and April village meetings will be held where numerous villagers will be benefitting the knowledge of impact of arsenic contaminated water and arsenic safe water.

September 14, 2007: Construction of 20+4 dugwells were completed in June just before the onset of monsoon. There was a delay of one week due to non-availability of coarse sand. Sand is in high demand due to increase in construction work in the outskirts of the city of Kolkata. Followed by the excavation the masonry (housing) job was completed. All the indicator boards are up now. The arsenic analysis of all the dugwells are done in the end of August. As soon as all the reports are put together they will be available. Due to heavy rainfall even in the ‘Bhadro’ month, the month generally has a break of rain during the monsoon period; the water in the newly constructed dugwells is pretty turbid. People are eager to start using the dugwells but due to high turbidity they cannot. They are advised to use only for cooking. The disinfectant is being administered to control development of any bacteria and people are advised to pump the water as much as possible. So far to hand over the dugwells to community based groups, only three CBG meetings have been held in the presence of Dr. Mondol, the public health officer of the Gaighata BDO (block development office). Others will be held as soon as people are able to start using the dugwell water.

The map with the location of the dugwells can be seen on the project well website. Pictures will be taken, next week, with a borrowed digital camera and report will be put up as soon as they are recieved.

December 3: The pictures of the newly constructed dugwells are available on the website that also include data on location (geocodes), property donor, results of water analysis (some are pending) and the number of users. The number of consumers will increase gradually through health meetings in the areas where there is lack of information on effects of arsenic-safe-chlorinated-water. Construction of all the 20+4 dugwells were constructed well except one. There is a crack on the housing portion of PW65/RMN1 at Pipley Dakshin Para of Ramnagar Panchayat after the monsoon rain which is speculated to be due to an unknown cowdung pit or Khatal at the site because the color of the water is yellow and also has a foul smell. There was no information about this pit from the local people during the site selection. This dugwell is under-observation and being treated with lime and alum and will be tested for chemicals that may be present in the water. Apart from technical fault of PW65 heads of 2 tubewell pumps are broken due to overpumping that are being replaced. At some sites PVC pipes are being installed to drain the run offs to avoid accumulation of stagnant water close to the dugwell. These viallges are in the remote areas where the nearest bus road is more than 10 km away. Installation of piped water is just a dream for those who live in these areas.

In the area where 40 dugwells are existing (PWSET1) 38 health meetings, 'sashtho sawbha', have been completed since mid-November 2006. This is the first round where the audio Visual aids are being used. The VCD, (#PW1) containing information of the dugwell program and why is it necessary to chlorinate the water with information on bacteria and its harmful effects are discussed. Practice of proper personal hygiene is also discussed. In the next round of health meetings a different topic will be selected.

Learnings

Knowledge of project and process for sharing

Before construction of every dugwell an additional narrow hole will be dug to get the lithological log of the depth of layers of clay and sand. This will enable to assess the possible depth of the dugwell and how many small and big rings will be needed and hopefully can detect historical cowdung pit and avoid the site.

Impact

People Impacted: 505

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 505

According to the register record of July 2011 the total consumers=505; Families=165; Male=283, Female=301, children <5=21. In June 2008 the total number of families is 215 and beneficiaries is 1038 using 21 dugwells. The registers are being appended.

People Getting Other Benefits: 727

Seven employees and more than 720 persons received knowledge on the benefits of drinking arsenic safe water and treated dugwell water. They were also shown slides and given lectures on practice of proper personal hygiene to prevent themselves from diseases caused by water borne and food borne bacteria.

Maintenance/Operating Costs Annual, in US$: $34

Creating and measuring long-term impact

For 20 dugwells USD 680

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:
$14,308
Final Cost:
$17,059
$14,308:
Blue Planet Network

Plan/Proposal