Water Supply in Gandheri Village
ADP has launched a water supply scheme for Gandheri Village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in partnership with Participatory Rural Development Society (PRDS). The project is designed to provide water to the impoverished and underdeveloped community of Gandheri, located in Tehsil Tangi, near Charsadda. PRDS will provide 14 Afridev hand pumps for accessing clean water. These pumps are expected to benefit approximately 250 people per day, serving a total population of 4,000. Additionally a nominal sum of Rs 10 per household per month will be collected as a user fee to ensure sufficient funds for any future maintenance.
Currently, only a small section of the village is getting water from a few open wells located in 8 mosques around the village, along with fetching water from a natural spring. However, this water is untreated and unfit for drinking. Therefore the villagers are prone to ill health and water-borne diseases.
The Water Supply project in Gandheri Village is effective for several reasons. The installation of traditional low-lying hand pumps enables access to clean water for home use as well as irrigating crops and improving livelihoods. Additionally, the participatory approach also engages the community and promotes sustainability through the Community Organization, which will be made up of the locals to cope with maintenance problems and the operating costs.
PRDS is an established nonprofit organization that works to provide disaster relief, emergency, water and sanitation, education and literacy to empower communities. PRDS has been working in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA since 2004. It uses a participatory approach and empowers marginalized societies to bring change in rural areas.
PRDS is already implementing health projects in district Charsadda since 2011, which is funded under a joint project of CIDA/USAID. It has well established field office in Charsadda and works in close cooperation with the local communities to carry out development projects.
- Increased access to clean drinking water for approximately 6,000 people
- Decrease in incidence of water borne diseases and mortality
- Lab test results for water samples drawn from project sites after implementation, in accordance with WHO guidelines
The hand pumps are being installed in a region that is extremely impoverished with little to no access to clean drinking water otherwise. They depend either on groundwater wells that are highly contaminated or on open wells at mosques around the village that are only accessible for a few hours each day. The hand pumps will enable the villagers to easily access clean water which will then in turn improve their health, and ultimately their standard of living. The proposal satisfies all of ADP’s criteria. Most importantly, it addresses a critical need of providing clean drinking water to 6,000 people in a rural village with social return for generations to come.
Q. How are locals currently meeting their need for drinking water?
The main sources of drinking water for the community are the open wells at 8 mosques around the village. The community members have a set schedule to collect water from the wells, where the female members from each household collect water every day after Isha prayers. One or two of the more well off households have personal boreholes and submersible electric motors for their personal use only. An old tube well also exists in the village that supplies an inadequate amount of water (discharge rate of less than 1 liter per minute). The tube well is operational only a few times per week due to inconsistent supply of electricity in the village.
Q. What measures are in place to ensure fair and equitable distribution of water among beneficiaries?
The Community Organization represented by the entire village will serve as the caretaker of the provided facilities. To ensure equal distribution of water throughout the community, the following measures will be set in place:
- A caretaker will be identified by the community organization for regular maintenance of the hand pumps.
- Issues relating to the supplied facilities will be discussed and solved during regular meetings of the community organization
- The facilities will be installed on sites that are equally accessible to al community members
Q. How will ADP ensure that water coming out of the pumps installed by PRDS is fit for human consumption?
ADP will initially fund the installation of 3 hand pumps located throughout Gandheri Village. Samples of water from each hand pump will be taken to the Pakistan Council of Research for Water Resources (PCRWR) and water quality tests will be conducted on each sample to ensure that it is free from bacteria and safe for drinking purposes. If PCRWR declares the water fit for human consumption, the remaining 12 hand pumps will be installed throughout the community.
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