In rural Melakarthigaipatti, India, 2,434 people struggle to meet their daily water needs. Only 3 of the 5 government-installed hand-pumps work and they don’t supply nearly enough water for the village. The villagers use the polluted Cauvery river water for bathing and washing clothes. With no latrines, open defecation is routinely practiced. Cholera, dysentery, and polio are common during seasonal periods.
Project activities are renovation of the existing water-pumps & drainage system, & build individual household latrines, community participation, health & sanitation education, training in financial management, & water source protection.
2,434 people will receive access to safe & adequate water & a latrine. A local water committee will be elected to oversee upkeep & maintenance of water system and will hire local technicians to operate & maintain the system.