Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for India

Impact: 300 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Feb 2011

Functionality Status:  Partner Monitoring Unavailable

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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.

Project Updates

03/17/2011: The well at Sirupathur in India is completed

Our implementing partner reports that…

This village is comprised of 300 people living in mud-thatched and tiled houses.  Most are agricultural laborers with no drinking facility in the area and are forced to purchase water for their drinking needs. This has changed thanks to the generosity of The Water Project and the giving of those honoring Faqir Hussain Akhtar.

This project was our last dedication of the day and the sun was setting we gathered the villagers together and told them about the donors and their care and concern for them as people and it was because of this that Wells for Life was able to bring a bore well project thus providing them with clean, safe drinking water.  The men, women and children who turned out for the dedication were very appreciative for our help and that of the donors.

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Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.


1 individual donors