Villagers lack access to a reliable, clean source of water. They do not know when it will come, and always have to be ready to gather as much as possible when it is available. Aside from the fundamental need of water, lack of access to clean water has much broader implications. The debris leads to inflammation of the joints and diarrhea and other sickness in children, which forces parents to forfeit work. Production from animals is hindered and children often skip school in order to drink water.
Aakash Ganga provides a sustainable, long-term solution as a domestic rainwater harvesting system. It channels rooftop rainwater from every house in a community, through gutters and pipes, to a network of multi-tier underground reservoirs. The system minimizes capital layout per liter of harvested rainwater; acquires the rainwater harvesting rights and institutes a village committee to safeguard community interests. This way the villagers have a vested interest and help maintain for the system.
Aaakash Ganga has already been successfully implemented in six villages (10,000+ people). So far it has doubled milk production, reduced truancy, and dramatically reduced inflammation in joints and diarrhea among children. Developing a sustainable method to provide clean water to villagers empowers them to take control and provide themselves a fundamental right. Clean water will improve the productivity&quality of life and ensure that the next generation has a brighter future through education.