Water Shops for India

Summary

Creating access to clean drinking water

The drought situation in the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan is critical and is the cause of shortage of drinking water during the dry period. The construction of special Raincap tanks and waterboxes in 7 communities will provide access to water for the inhabitants. The water will be sold in watershops by local entrepreneurs who can generate an additional income.

Goals

  • Actors that implemented pilots re. disaster prepared program
  • Concrete improvements in DRR policy with relevant actors

Background

The temperature rise, which could be even more extreme along the coasts, will cause drastic changes in India’s rain cycles that threaten water supplies and agriculture which is the key source of livelihood for most of India’s 1.2 billion people. The drought situation in Gujarat and Rajasthan is critical. Frequently the monsoon is delayed which causes drinking water scarcity. The government is providing water during the period of drought but that is not enough and the water is sometimes brackish.

Initial situation

We are implementing an assessment in the selected 2 states and the information that comes out of this will be used as input for definitive selection of villages. After that we will go to India to install the raincaps and waterboxes.

Goals

┬ęThe watershops will be operated by local entrepreneurs and the creation of employment is another goal of the project. The project is a pilot and will be used to search for new funds so that the project can be scaled up. Another goal is to join forces to improve the international position of the Dutch water sector.

Goals

  • Actors that implemented pilots re. disaster prepared program
  • Concrete improvements in DRR policy with relevant actors

Target group

All the inhabitants of the selected villages will be the beneficiaries. They are the consumers of the water. The entrepreneurs of the watershops are also beneficiaries because they will have the opportunity to earn some additional money.

Project plan

Together with the local beneficiaries we will build 7 raincap tanks, install 7 water boxes and start-up 7 water shops. Technical training in using and maintaining the installation will be performed by Aqua-Aero WaterSystems, a small company form the Netherlands and partner in this project. Our local partner Unnati is in charge of the awareness training.

Sustainability

The beneficiaries will be trained in maintaining the raincap and water boxes and will therefore not be dependent on external technical assistance. Because of the awareness training people are willing to pay for the water and because of that the project can cover its operational costs.

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