Solar Powered Water Pumps in Jamshoro
Currently, villagers from Longani Palari Village have to walk almost 2 KM to access the tubewell belonging to a landlord which can take women and children upto 4 hours daily to collect the water. Apart from the issue of accessibility there are the added constraints of being dependent upon another village’s landlord whose main concerns would be availability of water for his crops and irrigation.
The proposed project aims to provide safe drinking water by using alternative energy to improve health, hygiene, income earning potential and the overall well-being of villagers belonging to Longani Palari Village. Specific objectives include improving health and hygiene of the local community and reducing absenteeism and drop-out ratio among school going age children through easy availability of safe drinking water. Not only is school attendance expected to improve but it will enable women to devote more time to work on more productive other economic or household activities. The proposed work envisages installing a solar water pump system of 3700 watt. A Solar PV system operated pump will drag out underground water from a depth of 300 feet which will be stored in a central storage tank for further distribution through to each household. Handpumps have not been considered for this project because the depth of the well is greater than 250 feet and the use of hand pumps require regular maintenance. Our funding to Hisaar is contingent upon HF meeting certain project goals and milestones.
Total number of beneficiaries is approximately 450 belonging to 60 households in the Longani Palari Village. The availability of water will also help in the maintenance and feeding of livestock.
The proposed project is a cost effective way to fulfill a critical need of this village in Jamshoro, Sindh and can positively impact the health, hygiene, income earning potential and overall well-being of the villagers, in particular women and children. The use of Solar Pumps will result in long term cost efficiencies, greater water volume & reduce time to extract & collect water. Handpumps have not been considered for this project because the depth of the well is greater than 250 feet & the use of handpumps require regular maintenance. Hisaar Foundation has demonstrated satisfactory performance in other projects in the areas of water management and renewable energy and can prove to be a long term partner for ADP, helping set up similar systems in other villages of the area.
Hisaar Foundation’s primary focus is on the availability of clean drinking water via different strategies including; Water Systems such as Solar Pumps, Water conservation & filtration. Hisaar Foundation aims to provide a platform for bringing together issues of water, food and livelihood and seeks solutions relevant for the water-food-livelihood nexus in an integrated manner. The Mission of the Foundation is to promote appropriate policies and creating, low-cost solutions in Pakistan where water is judiciously used, food is sufficiently produced, and people are able to earn livelihoods with dignity. Its organizational goals also include emergency relief.
Critical need: Improving the access to clean water for households. The major indicator would be the number of households that benefit from the increased access to water & reducing/removing the dependency on collecting water from the tubewell in the nearby village. The project also aims to reduce the existing burden on the community; especially women and children. For this purpose, the number of hours spent collecting water (number of people from each household) before and after project completion will be compared.
Beneficiaries/Social Return (number of beneficiaries; cost/beneficiary; beneficiaries/unit of development): The total number of people/ households that will get easy access to safe drinking water. It will be seen whether the daily consumption requirements of each family are met through this project.
Longevity: Sustainability of the project/ No of years that the Solar Pump is operational & productive for the village.
Scalability: Using the metrics mentioned above, it will be determined whether the use of the Solar PV technology was successful and if it makes sense to implement similar projects in surrounding villages
Due Diligence Questions:
- Feedback on Hisaar Foundation from our sources and the credibility of the NGO.
- How would you classify the current need in the area for the project? What is the current source of drinking water for the area? How accessible is this current source of water?
- How well to do are the villages? Can they be asked to contribute towards this project? What will be the contribution of villagers towards this project?
- What main benefits do you see for the people once this project is implemented?
- Is it possible to provide water through any other alternative mechanism? Given the much lower cost per beneficiary of hand pumps, why are we not looking at Hand pumps to supply water to the beneficiaries?
- How will HF ensure or what mechanisms are in place to ensure that the well that is to be dug for ADP funded project will provide clean water fit for consumption?
- How much water does each household need daily? As per our calculations the water project should provide around 1000-1200 gallons per day for the village, is this possible from this project?
- How will we ensure sustainability of the project? Especially how will we ensure that solar powered pumps can be maintained?
- What is the market price/cost for similar systems? How long is the warranty period for equipment?
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