Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for India

Impact: 300 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Feb 2011

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Community Profile

Community Profile

The village of Sirupathur is comprised of 300 landless laborers living in 50 thatched or tiled roof homes. The entire village is comprised of people of the "untouchable" class, the lowest class in the Indian caste system.

The primary income for this community is from daily wages working for area landowners, weeding nearby fields. The male workers receive 70 rupees ($1.50 USD) per day; the female workers receive 40 rupees ($0.86 USD) per day. The villager’s employment is dependent on fieldwork availability. When enough rains come, the villagers work an average of 60 days per year. Otherwise, they do not work. In addition to agricultural, 10 of the residents raise goats for income.

Currently, the only water source is government provided tap water, which is only usable for washing clothes and bathing. The water storage tank is not clean and leaches saline into the water. It is cleaned only once per year. The village is located at a higher elevation than the government tank. They are allowed only 30 minutes of water each morning. Because of the elevation, the water only trickles when it is on. When the electricity is out, the villagers must walk 0.5 km to obtain water. For clean, drinking water, the villagers must purchase bottled water.

The village official has requested one deep bore well with hand pump, so villagers can have access to safe and protected drinking water any time during the day.

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Project Type

Abundant water is often right under our feet! Beneath the Earth’s surface, rivers called aquifers flow through layers of sediment and rock, providing a constant supply of safe water. For borehole wells, we drill deep into the earth, allowing us to access this water which is naturally filtered and protected from sources of contamination at the surface level. First, we decide where to drill by surveying the area and determining where aquifers are likely to sit. To reach the underground water, our drill rigs plunge through meters (sometimes even hundreds of meters!) of soil, silt, rock, and more. Once the drill finds water, we build a well platform and attach a hand pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around five gallons of water per minute! Learn more here!


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