South Salakadu

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Latitude 10.94
Longitude 78.87

500 Served

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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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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.

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Project Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  South Salakadu
ProjectID: 8004
Install Date:  02/28/2011

Country Details


Population: 1.16 Billion
Lacking clean water: 11%
Below poverty line: 25%
Climate: Varies from tropical monsoon in south to temperate in north
Languages: English, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Urdu
Ethnic Groups: Indo-Aryan 72%, Dravidian 25%, Mongoloid and other 3%
Life Expectancy: 69 years
Infant Mortality Rate: 55 deaths per 1000 live births

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Wells for Life® is seeking to address the problem in India one well
at a time, and to do so from a holistic perspective by first addressing
the physical needs of the individual and then their community. We are
seeking to accomplish this task through forming partnerships with other
organizations that share the same passion we do for meeting one of the
most basic needs: the need for water.

Wells for Life® continues to receive requests for water wells in
different rural villages and communities throughout India. It is our
vision to meet every viable request presented to us, and to do it in a
sustainable way with lasting impact. We seek to carry out our projects
with the wholehearted participation of the receiving community and to
work with the community. Taking ownership of the well project, they
will keep it a life giving source of water for years to come.

With each of our projects we utilize the expertise of Indian
professionals trained in engineering, hydrogeology, and construction as
well gain the help of the receiving community to carry out the project.
Furthermore, it is our goal to establish the location of each project
on property that will afford equal access to all those within the
village or community, regardless of one's faith or caste.

Finally, it is our hope that each project initiated will bring immediate relief and be a building block for future projects for all those we are in partnership with.