Better Water Access
for
Better Rural Government Schools
Shubha Ramachandran
BIOME ENVIRONMENTAL TRUST
BANGALORE
Toilets : Not always used, water problems !
Big implication for girl child
Water required for Mid-day meals
Dead Assets : Suvarnajala RWH
What we saw ...
- Water availability is low, and the cause of many problems
- (Fluoride contaminated) Ground water as a pr...
Water Problems are complex
- Technical know-how
- Understanding usage patterns
- Ecological sustainability
- Policy
- Comm...
Water Problems are complex
Impact
Education
Sanitation
Food
Health
Government
RWH: Suvarnajala : 26,000 schools
with 30,000 to 50,000 in each sc...
Solution Strategy
GOAL : Make RWH work sustainably, Improve Water Access
Costs: Attempt to leverage infrastructure provide...
Local Labour
Implementing RWH : Storage
Tanks filled
Up after the
rains
Hand pump for Safe access
Bacteriological filter to ensure
potability
Making Toilets functional
Handholding with
maintenance
Students are engaged
Book reading
Hands on
Children as “Agents of Change”. Books as “Catalysts”
Training – Testing water for
Fluoride
Taking Pride in their school
Practice to Policy Bridge
2008 2010
Rainwater Club
Biome Environmental
Solutions Pvt. Ltd
Biome Environmental
Trust
Biome ...
- Fluoride affected areas, North of Bangalore
- Economically weaker sections
- Modest start – with each child bringing a c...
VILLAGE
Project Intervention - Team
School
School Development Management Council
Contractor / Labour
SHG,
ASHA Workers,
Aa...
Project Intervention - Process
School approaches
BIOME for help –
word spreads from
schools
BIOME engages with
SDMC to und...
Project Intervention - Process
School approaches
BIOME for help –
ord spreads from schools
BIOME engages with
SDMC to unde...
Project Intervention - Summary
- RWH implementation
- Provision of hand pump for withdrawal of water
- Provision of Bacter...
Project Impact : Socio-Economic
●
Access to water for vulnerable/poor/rural children – 2500
children
●
Increased awareness...
Project Impact - Environmental
●
Reduced dependence on ground water to the
tune of 3.7 to 7.4 Million litres annually.
●
L...
Sustainability
Project Sustainability
. Empowered and concerned SDMC and staff
•
Local contractor
Program Sustainability
•...
Biome Environmental Trust
(Rainwater Club)
1022, 1st
floor, 6th
Block,
HMT Layout, Vidyaranyapura,
Bangalore – 560 097,
Ph...
Biome Environmental Trust - Genesis
2007 - 2008 2009 - 2010
Rainwater Club
Chitra Vishwanath Architects
Biome Environmenta...
Corporates
Water Entitlement
Awareness workshops
Responsible Water Use
Framework
Rural Schools
RWH* implementation
Ha...
Biome Environmental Trust - Genesis
2007 - 2008 2009 - 2010
Rainwater Club
Chitra Vishwanath Architects
Biome Environmenta...
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  1. 1. Better Water Access for Better Rural Government Schools Shubha Ramachandran BIOME ENVIRONMENTAL TRUST BANGALORE
  2. 2. Toilets : Not always used, water problems ! Big implication for girl child
  3. 3. Water required for Mid-day meals
  4. 4. Dead Assets : Suvarnajala RWH
  5. 5. What we saw ... - Water availability is low, and the cause of many problems - (Fluoride contaminated) Ground water as a primary drinking water source is limited, inaccessible - Govt. RWH attempts failed : Suvarnajala project in 26,000 schools with a Rs 30-40,000 budget per school. - Low solution impact despite 80% of RWH infrastructure being provided. Water problems are complex
  6. 6. Water Problems are complex - Technical know-how - Understanding usage patterns - Ecological sustainability - Policy - Community participation - Affordability
  7. 7. Water Problems are complex
  8. 8. Impact Education Sanitation Food Health Government RWH: Suvarnajala : 26,000 schools with 30,000 to 50,000 in each school Shortcomings Connectedness and engagement Education: water and sanitation Technical support for RWH Ensuring potability
  9. 9. Solution Strategy GOAL : Make RWH work sustainably, Improve Water Access Costs: Attempt to leverage infrastructure provided by government. Recalculate when undersized Community: Identify primary stakeholders, continued engagement and empowerment Funding: Tap established relationships with Corporates, Volunteers, NGOs. Sustainability: Long term engagement beyond implementation – education, training, feedback
  10. 10. Local Labour
  11. 11. Implementing RWH : Storage
  12. 12. Tanks filled Up after the rains
  13. 13. Hand pump for Safe access
  14. 14. Bacteriological filter to ensure potability
  15. 15. Making Toilets functional
  16. 16. Handholding with maintenance
  17. 17. Students are engaged
  18. 18. Book reading Hands on
  19. 19. Children as “Agents of Change”. Books as “Catalysts”
  20. 20. Training – Testing water for Fluoride
  21. 21. Taking Pride in their school
  22. 22. Practice to Policy Bridge 2008 2010 Rainwater Club Biome Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd Biome Environmental Trust Biome Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd Rainwater Club Rainwater Club Rainwater Club - RWH for Bangalore METRO, Corporates, etc - Responsible Water Use framework RWH bye laws In Rural Government Schools - Equity Issues - Access Issues - Water Quality Issues
  23. 23. - Fluoride affected areas, North of Bangalore - Economically weaker sections - Modest start – with each child bringing a couple of bricks and sand - 25 projects so far Program Overview
  24. 24. VILLAGE Project Intervention - Team School School Development Management Council Contractor / Labour SHG, ASHA Workers, Aanganwadi BIOME Funders / Volunteers / Interns * SHG – Self Help Group * ASHA – Accredited Social Health Activist Block Education Officer
  25. 25. Project Intervention - Process School approaches BIOME for help – word spreads from schools BIOME engages with SDMC to understand and Validate the requirement BIOME engages with local contractor to identify solution and cost estimates BIOME adds the project to its list for funding and implementation Funders/Volunteers approach BIOME for help BIOME links with appropriate school and ensures implementation
  26. 26. Project Intervention - Process School approaches BIOME for help – ord spreads from schools BIOME engages with SDMC to understand and Validate the requirement BIOME engages with local contractor to identify solution and cost estimates BIOME adds the project to its list for funding and implementation Funders/Volunteers approach BIOME for help BIOME links with appropriate School and ensures implementation - BIOME stays connected with school to ensure maintenance and usage of system - learnings are carried forward
  27. 27. Project Intervention - Summary - RWH implementation - Provision of hand pump for withdrawal of water - Provision of Bacteriological water filter for making water potable - Education around water and sanitation : Book readings - Tree plantation enabled due to availability of water - Handholding for maintenance - Training and handholding for water testing
  28. 28. Project Impact : Socio-Economic ● Access to water for vulnerable/poor/rural children – 2500 children ● Increased awareness of need to conserve water ● Improved Hygiene – toilets and kitchen ● Water literacy – Testing for water quality, monitoring rainfall ● Local employment of about Rs.7.5 lakhs ● Empowerment of SDMC, School staff ● Volunteers – local and international
  29. 29. Project Impact - Environmental ● Reduced dependence on ground water to the tune of 3.7 to 7.4 Million litres annually. ● Lower water related energy consumption due to Rainwater Harvesting ● Tree plantation
  30. 30. Sustainability Project Sustainability . Empowered and concerned SDMC and staff • Local contractor Program Sustainability • Documentation and creation of open knowledge base for enabling coverage of all 52,000+ schools in Karanataka • Proposal for improved processes and systems to be adopted into Government sponsored schemes
  31. 31. Biome Environmental Trust (Rainwater Club) 1022, 1st floor, 6th Block, HMT Layout, Vidyaranyapura, Bangalore – 560 097, Phone : 080 41672790 Thank You !!
  32. 32. Biome Environmental Trust - Genesis 2007 - 2008 2009 - 2010 Rainwater Club Chitra Vishwanath Architects Biome Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd Biome Environmental Trust Biome Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd Rainwater Club Rainwater Club Rainwater Club Rainwater Club - Website - Virtual organisation - Social media (ability to connect with younger population) - YouTube Water Channel – 1.3 million views and counting
  33. 33. Corporates Water Entitlement Awareness workshops Responsible Water Use Framework Rural Schools RWH* implementation Hand pump for safe access Engagement with SDMC* Water filters Books Tree plantation Others Design of Playspaces Water Awareness and education programmes Volunteers / Students of public health Internships Children/Schools Programme Policy / Research / Training RWH and Ground water policy Nutrient Reuse from Waste Water Plumbers / contractors * SDMC – School Development and Management Committee * RWH – Rainwater Harvesting
  34. 34. Biome Environmental Trust - Genesis 2007 - 2008 2009 - 2010 Rainwater Club Chitra Vishwanath Architects Biome Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd Biome Environmental Trust Biome Environmental Solutions Pvt. Ltd Rainwater Club Rainwater Club Rainwater Club

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