It is with pleasure that we share with you yet another development in the project, you all have generously contributed towards.
Last we brought to you the success of cleaning a water well. As shared, the well used to go dry every summer beginning April. However, due to the project's interventions of cleaning (removing boulders etc.) and deepening it using a blasting machine, 11ft of water now can be seen standing. With the arrival of monsoon, in the next couple of months, water level to rise further.
This report is to particularly share about our recent activity that of cleaning a pond, which had not been cleaned for the last 25 years. The project is Village Kharset, 250 kms from India's commercial capital Mumbai, in Maharashtra State. Likewise, it had accumulated slush (about 8-9 ft deep), boulders and there was also a heavy growth of algae etc giving out foul smell. With deep accumulation of mud, no percolation of water from the pond to the water table below could take place and little it did resulted in the water of the nearby well also emitting a foul smell. The water could not be used by the villagers for any household purpose like washing of clothes, utensil etc. let alone drinking. Also cattle who drank this water fell sick especially skin diseases.
The entire cleaning activity lasted for about a fortnight (Apr 17 - May 5, 2012). Using diesel pump the pond was dried of its dirty water followed by use of JCB and tractor to remove all the slush, mud, stones, boulders etc. Likewise, the pond is now deeper by 8-9ft. Apart from paid labour, residents of Kharset Village donated 183 man-days of work. Total cost of this activity worked out to be $3876. Details of project expenses and labour contribution attached. The attached photographs would give one some idea about efforts involved.
Rain expected in the next couple of months is eagerly awaited which would fill up the pond and make clean water accessible to 2200 humans and about 1600 cattle.
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