Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for India

Impact: 500 Served

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

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Community Profile

Community Profile

South Salakadu is a very remote village situated 30 kilometers away from the Trichirapalli junction. There are 140 houses comprising of 550 people. The village doesn’t have immediate access to medical, dental or eye care, and the nearest facility is 20 kilometers away. The government operates bus transport to the city once every two hours. The primary income for this community is from daily wages, working for the government weeding nearby fields. When there is enough rain, the villagers work in the fields, otherwise they go to the cities to work in construction.

Presently, the only water source is the government provided tap water. This water is  not drinkable and only usable for washing and bathing, as it is not clean. The water is supplied from an overhead tank, which is cleaned only once per year. The public tap water runs to the community just half an hour only in the morning and they receive very little water. They suffer daily from walking to fetch drinking water from where the source is available. They don’t have drinking water during power outages. For safe and protected drinking water, the villagers must purchase bottled water.

Project Updates

03/24/2011: South Salakadu

Our implementing partner reports…

This village of about 550 people is comprised of 140 scheduled caste families viewed as part of the backward caste peoples.   They are agricultural laborers and some do construction work for low wages. The only public tap is not suitable for consumption and so the women and children who collect the water for drinking are forced to walk long distances to access water which they can consume each day.

Thanks to the support of The Water Project, those that live in S. Salakadu can now enjoying a hand pump bore well which produces quality water suitable for drinking.  This dedication was our third for the day and was attended by many of the villagers.  The women who make up the village committee were present for the dedication and wearing their purple saris.  The children were equally as excited as the women were to have such close proximity of a hand pump to their homes and communicated their thanks to pass along to the donor.

The Water Project : dsc_0191

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.