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

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