The Tibet Water Project will install a clean water delivery and sanitation system for 3000 inhabitants of a remote village and monastery complex in one of the poorest areas in eastern Tibet. This project will help decrease the incidence of diarrhea and parasitic disease, and support agricultural activities for over 3000 people, and will eliminate the need for people to hike for up to an hour to haul water manually for their daily needs.
People in this mountainous remote area lack easy access to clean water and basic plumbing. They walk considerable distances to reach a water source. Water is collected and stored in the house and becomes contaminated by unsafe storage and handling practices. This leads to diarrhea and other preventable diseases that can be debilitating, and even deadly for the young and elderly. Hygiene is essential to reducing the spread of disease, and clean water can prevent nearly all diarrheal diseases.
This project constructs a pipeline that transports clean water 4 to 6 km from its source to storage tanks where the water would be chlorinated and stored safely until needed. Building washrooms (including 60 compost toilets and septic tanks) encourages good hygiene which, in turn, decreases diarrhea and other infectious diseases. A sanitation system ensures proper treatment of human waste and prevents contamination of groundwater and nearby springs.
Easy, continuous access to clean water will greatly change the lives of the villagers and monastics in this area. It will help reduce malnutrition, prevent nearly all life-threatening diarrhea and at least one-third of respiratory diseases, and people's lives will be dramatically improved by reclaiming the time and energy once spent hiking to springs and carrying heavy jugs of water on their backs. It will also provide water for agriculture which will improve the environment and peoples diets.