WASH Plan


Providing Safe drinking water to the Government Primary and Middle Schools
1 location in India
Focus: Water Purification; Drinking Water - Schools
Implementation dates: September 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011
Planned impact: 3,950 people
Status: Approved - Needs Funding
$3,049 estimated project cost
$3,049 requested
$0 funded to date
Peer Review Average Score: 7.5
6 reviews submitted
5 discussion participants

Summary

Providing and installing Siphon water filter units in 30 nos. of Government Primary and Middle School premises for the use of rural students in the Sethubavachatram block of Tanjore District, Tamilnadu.

Background

In the Sethubavachatram Block, Tanjore District there are 37 Panchayat villages. In total, there are 77 nos. of Government Primary Schools and 22 nos. of Government Middle Schools functioning in this Block. Most of the Schools have drinking water source through the Panchayat and in some Schools the staff arrange for the drinking water from nearby households, public tap. But, the quality of water (contaminated with bacteria, etc.,) has not been studied so far.

During the year 2009-10, Ekoventure implemented a similar project with the funding from PWX in 35 nos. of Government Primary Schools. The staff of the Schools are properly maintaining the Water Filter System. The Children are utilising the filtered water. Awareness meetings were conducted on the use of purified water.

Under this project 30 nos of Government Primary and Middle Schools will be covered.

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Location

Providing Safe drinking water to the Government Primary and Middle Schools

Sethubavachatram block, India

Impact

Focus

Primary focus:
Water Purification
Secondary focus:
Drinking Water - Schools

People Getting Safe Drinking Water

200

Approximately 200 staff working in the Government Schools will get safe drinking water

People Getting Sanitation

0

Schoolchildren Getting Water

3,750

People Getting Other Benefits

This project focuses on educating the rural school children studying in the 35 Schools on hygiene issues and particularly on the importance of “Hand Wash”.
The staff of the Schools will be trained on the day-to-day maintenance of the Water Filter.
The women SHG members will also be trained in the hygiene issues and the importance of safe drinking water.

Implementation

Application type:
project
Start date:
September 1, 2010
Completion date:
March 31, 2011

Technology Used

Siphon Water Filter was successfully installed in the earlier project implemented by Ekoventure in 35 nos. of Government Primary Schools in the Sethubavachatram block, Tanjore District, Tamilnadu.
The water purified using the water filter was tested for bacteriological analysis and in comparison with the unpurified water collected from the same source of Rope pumps installed in Villupuram district. The Total Coliforms (MPN – Index/100ml) was between 460 and >1100 and the Faecal Coliforms (MPN – Index/100ml) was between 9 and 14 in the untreated water samples and the population was absent in the case of filtered water.

Awareness meetings on the need of safe water will be conducted in all the 30 Schools.


Each School having strength of for every 50 Children will be provided with one Siphon Filter unit consisting of Siphon water filter, one stainless steel drum with lid and tap, one glass tumbler with a chain tied to the drum.

One simple poster on the use and maintenance of Siphon water filter will be displayed near the unit.

The staff of the School will be trained on the day-to-day maintenance of the water filter.

The field staff of Ekoventure will monitor the usage of water filter and report .

Phases

Yes, in one Phase for a period of 6 months and maintenance and monitoring will be done after the project completion period by the School administration with the guidance of the NGO.

Community Organization

The Water Filters to be installed in the Schools will be owned by the School and will be maintained by the School administration.

The School administration have agreed to bear the costs related to the maintenance and replacement of filters.

Government Interaction

There is no information about government interaction currently available for this plan.

Ancillary Activities

There is no information about ancillary activities currently available for this plan.

Other Issues

Sethubavachatram block comprises of more coastal villages in the Tanjore district.

Sustainability

Maintenance Revenue

There is no information about maintenance revenue currently available for this plan.

Maintenance Cost

$410

Metrics

Prior art before metrics

Financial

Cost

$3,049

Budget annexed

Co-funding

$0

No additional existing funding details are currently available.

Community Contribution

$0

The community and the School administration will contribute towards the maintenance of the Water filters. It would cost around Rs. 250 annualy

Funds Requested

$3,049

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Discussion

filter description
hello there

can you please provide a description of the filter and the specs? How it work? Is it built locally using local materials? Is it imported? Who maintains it? How much water does it filter/day?

Who will install/maintain it?

What is your organizational infrastructure for planning, implementation and maintenance and financial support for maintenance and outreach?

good luck!
gemma
Posted by Gemma Bulos, A Single Drop, on July 30, 2010 at 1:01am
filter description
Dear Gemma,
Greetings.

This application is the expansion of our earlier project funded by PWX during 2009-10 (application Id 231). The low cost water filter promoted under this project is the ceramic syphon water filter. This water filter is produced and marketed by Basic Water Needs Foundation with its office located in Auroville, Pondicherry.
Approximately 6 litres of water could be filtered per hour by using this water filter. It is easy to maintain the filter. The water filter will be installed by the staff of Ekoventure after organising awareness meetings in the respective schools. Further, the staff of the School will be trained on the day-to-day maintenance of the water filter.

The Water Filters provided to 35 nos. of Government Primary Schools earlier are being properly utilised and maintained by the School authorities.
The cost of maintenance has been born by the School authorities.
The details of the water filter and maintenance is being attached in the application

with warm regards
Natarajan
Posted by AR. Natarajan, Ekoventure, on August 10, 2010 at 5:53am Submitter Comment
water filter
have you looked at the Sawyer point one filter? it costs less than the siphon filter, produces great water, requires no maintianence expence, and will perform much longer. www.pointonefilter.com

Byron
Posted by Carolyn Meub, Pure Water for the World, on July 30, 2010 at 6:36am
water filter
Dear Byron,

Thanks for the information.

The Syphon water filter that we are using costs approximately $ 6.00 and is readily available locally. The maintenance is very easy and further in case of any replacement, the Basic Water Needs Foundation does it at no extra cost.

From the website, we could not find out the Indian marketing agency for the pointonefilter. Further, it costs $59.23 per filter.

with warm regards

Natarajan
Posted by AR. Natarajan, Ekoventure, on August 10, 2010 at 6:14am Submitter Comment
government involvement
as government schools, what role does the government play?
Byron
PWW
Posted by Carolyn Meub, Pure Water for the World, on August 5, 2010 at 7:49am
government involvement
Dear Byron,

Greetings.

The district Education Department has been contacted and explained about this project (during the implementtaion of the similar project - application ID 231) and the authorities of the Education Department have assured the proper utilisation and maintenance of the Water Filters.

The School authorities (teachers + staff) support us in organising the awareness meetings, demonstrations on the use and maintenance of the water filters and finally after the implementation help in the maintenance of the water filters installed.

regards

Natarajan
Posted by AR. Natarajan, Ekoventure, on August 10, 2010 at 6:18am Submitter Comment
Photos
Please, can you send few photos relating with the project you are talking about which can help us to relate with the problem you have stated in your proposal.

Msigwa
Posted by Iskaka Msigwa, Tanzania Mission to the Poor and Disabled (PADI), on August 9, 2010 at 11:19pm
reports of past projects
Hello Natarajan, as per your application 231 the projects were to provide siphon filter in 35 Government Primary School and were completed in may 2010. Do you have any pictures or usage report of these projects yet?
Thanks, Meera
Posted by Meera Hira-Smith, Project Well, on August 15, 2010 at 5:08pm
reports of past projects
Dear Meera Hira-Smith,

Sorry for the delay. A collection of photos in 2 pdf files have been uploaded in the project ID 231.

with warm regards

AR. Natarajan
Posted by AR. Natarajan, Ekoventure, on August 24, 2010 at 2:30am Submitter Comment

Ratings

7
I would like to encourage in uploading more pictures and reports on the past projects. Bi-annual reporting on PWX, June and December, is advisable.
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8
The applicant has a good experience in this type of the project.
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9
providing this service for less than a dollar per person is wonderful.
Byron Miller
PWW
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7
This system relies primarily on the schools as the primary care-takers of the water systems. It's hard to imagine whether there is participation on a school committee by teachers or parents or government workers, in which case, a stronger, more sustainble program could be developed. All the best.
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7
This is a valuable project and similar to one completed recently. Hopefully more data over the long-term will prove the efforts as being meaningful.
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7
That's great that the filters are inexpensive, at least cheaper than alot of other alternatives. I'm a big proponent for lots of government involvement, so I would like to see more engagement other than informing them of the project.
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