Project Summary :
In 2009, Vishaka Jilla Nava Nirmana Samiti (VJNNS) took up an initiative in six villages inhabited by landless people. These villages have poor or no access to basic infrastructure facilities like electricity and the water supply from the government has failed to work because of improper site selection, poor ground water quality (rich in iron content), poor quality of construction equipment used. Due to these problems, the systems stopped functioning soon after they were constructed leaving the villagers with no option but to travel to remotely located springs to obtain water for domestic use. This still did not serve the purpose as the water was murky. VJNNS partnered with the community to establish Gravity Flow Water Supply System (GFWSS) in these villages to provide sustainable, safe water supply.
Waste water management and sanitation practices were introduced and robust models for community participation were evolved to ensure operation and maintenance of the systems. Structured water quality data and information on water related issues, specific to the eastern hilly part of Visakhapatnam, were disseminated through the India Water Portal. Through this effort, the villagers have been able to receive water any time of the day or night.
Focus Area Water Security
Duration October 2009 - October 2011
Location 7 villages, Visakhapatnam District.
- Water quality testing and baseline studies were conducted.
- Awareness workshops and community training were given on aspects of setting up and maintaining water supply systems, water quality, hygiene management etc.
- Over 2 lakhs leveraged from beneficiary contribution for labour expenses towards construction of the GFWSS.
- Around 5 mini water supply projects constructed and 10 mini water supply projects revived.
- These systems are properly designed with filter units and provide 24 X 7 water supply.
- One bathroom cum toilet was constructed as a model which led to the adoption of household sanitation including toilets by at least 10% of the households.
- Three community toilets were constructed.