Safe Water Network Team testing water quality
PROJECT UPDATE MAY 2012 “BRINGING SAFE WATER TO CHILDREN IN INDIA”
With support through Global Giving, we have raised over $7,210 towards the installation and launch of sustainable community water purification systems in 2 villages in India – Pochampalli and Katrapalli. We continue to expand our work to emphasize the promotion of hand washing to improve health and hygiene indicators.
Ultimately, we are helping provide equitable and fair access to safe water and ensuring that this access is sustainable over time. In these villages, we are training local operators, providing hygiene education for safe handling of water, and facilitating funding to advance local ownership to help these communities become fully invested in their success.
Newest Process: National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) and Safe Water Network Piloting New Approach in Andhra Pradesh, India
Safe Water Network is pleased to announce the pilot of a site in Andhra Pradesh with support from National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD), India’s leading apex bank for rural credit and development. The pilot, supported through the “Rural Innovation fund” set up in NABARD, will test two key aspects of the Safe Water Network approach to locally owned and managed water systems: the Remote Monitoring System and the development of a financial product through Watershed Development Committees. The initiative will also include an impact study to determine the benefits of providing safe water to a village in need. This pilot represents our first formal project with this esteemed Indian institution. The safe water station will be built in village Galigudem, Mandal (Block) Kondurg, District Mahabubnagar, where a Watershed Development project is already underway with financial support from NABARD.
The Safe Water Network approach involves community engagement to bring a sense of ownership at the inception of a project. Extensive training and support is provided to build the community’s operation and management capabilities. The remote monitoring aspect of the project delivers real-time data to a central location minimizing the need to make visits to the station to determine performance activity. Remote monitoring also identifies system problems quickly and reduces servicing costs. It is a key component of managing at scale because one skilled service provider can oversee many stations and provide tele-assistance to local operators.
The loan product development is another important aspect of this partnership. Working with a community-based organization (CBO) such as Watershed Development Committee (or later, with Primary Agriculture Credit Societies), Safe Water Network will develop a financial product in conjunction with NABARD. The CBOs will eventually own and govern the Safe Water Station and repay the credit as these types of organizations are local and trusted.