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Presented at the Triple-S Annual Review and Planning Meeting (ARAP), Fort Portal Uganda, 6th-11th May 2013

Presented at the Triple-S Annual Review and Planning Meeting (ARAP), Fort Portal Uganda, 6th-11th May 2013

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    Jalabandhus let water flow in Sagar and Patharpratima blocks, India Jalabandhus let water flow in Sagar and Patharpratima blocks, India Presentation Transcript

    • JALABANDHUS (FRIENDS OF WATER) LETWATER FLOW IN SAGAR ANDPATHARPRATIMA BLOCKS, INDIAARAP, UGANDA 2013
    • WATER SERVICES THAT LAST …2BEFORE Estimated 30-40% of handpumps in Sagar andPatharpratima blocks of West Bengal non-functional Long downtime – up to several months – before repairs Only 2 handpump mechanics per block, each withseveral hundreds of handpumps Unclear division of responsibility for operation and minormaintenance between Gram Panchayats and users
    • WATER SERVICES THAT LAST …3THE INTERVENTION Since 2009, the NGO Water For People has been:– Training some 26 Jalabandhus – handpump mechanics -in each block and provision of tool kits– Supporting the promotion of their services– Setting up and training water committees at all waterpoints they intervened at, including establishing tariffpayment system– Establishing operational agreements betweenJalabandhus, Gram Panchayats and spare part suppliers
    • WATER SERVICES THAT LAST …4AFTER Jalabandhus offering repair services “My first question is who pays?:– To water committees: fast but direct payment– To Gram Panchayats: slower but at no cost to users Gram Panchayats hiring Jalabandhus for preventativemaintenance and routine monitoring Market mechanisms– Promotion and client relations– Better performing ones increasing market share– Extending services offered (e.g. plumbing) Non-functionality rate down to 18%, and downtime to 1-2 days(direct) or 4-5 days (via Gram Panchayats)
    • WATER SERVICES THAT LAST …5MESSAGES FOR POLICY AND PRACTICE Users are willing and able to pay to have more speedyrepairs and reduced downtime than waiting longer for a freerepair There is a market for repair services, but it requires an initialinvestment and support from outside The combination of demand (by users) and supply (throughJalabandhus) reduces non-functionality and downtime… eventhough still a significant number of water points remains non-functional