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.

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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.