Backdrop of this activity• PRADAN has been implementing piped watersupply to agriculture fields; mostly in uplands foragriculture (specifically second crop withirrigation) in different villages from 2001 onwards, with the help of Japanese Embassy andSDTT(2009).• After successful implementation it was userfriendly and also managed by the community, district official shown interest to replicate it(OTELP in 2008 and ITDA in 2012 )• More importantly we have advocated for therelease of programme fund to village directly in abelief that they can manage their fund.
How it is different from the previous one?Earlier model• It was only to the fields• Used only in agriculture• In some conditions very distantfrom their houses.• Need to organize the community forutilizing the water. Ex- one can’t doagriculture alone in a isolatedpatch. Have to flow water fromsome one others field withpermission.• Issue of fencing and crop damageby other means like theft.• Travelling from home to that placetwice a day and being at the fieldsapart from home are painful• Opening are through flanges andloss of water are there in filedchannels.New model• Not only to fields but also to homestead• Apart from agriculture other householdconsumptions likewashing, bathing, cleaning the dishesetc and less drudgery for womenmember of a family , and can haveproper sanitation.• Nearer to their living place• No need to depend on any one as it isself owned and could use when evershe wants. No permission from any one.• As it is her homestead it was fenced orsupposed to be fenced and watched bythe family itself being in her own homeand can take two crops.• Taps are there to operate and evenmore user friendly for women too andeven flexible pipes to irrigate herhomestead like gardening and being
Some thoughts….• Our focus was always on enhancement of incomerather than minimizing expenditures of a family.• In most of the time we do worry, how the tomatoplant will survive or the kid goat but never discussabout the life of a human we interact everyday.• Every year how each family can have two crops andan income of 50,000 in this less availability of water,is family is sufficient in nutrition?• See if the bucket seep out in some place 1st we needto make it leak proof, then the bucket may carrywhat is inside it, otherwise …• Engagement not only for income or empowermentbut for quality of life may sense more.
The “idea” behind HHWS & S.• WOMEN FOCUSED – time for own, less drudgery,addressing issues of old-age.• LIVELIHOOD PROSPECTUS – income enhancementthrough agriculture in homestead through drip in25 dec.of land.• HEALTH & HYGIENE – nutritional crop and foodconsumption, use of toilet and bathroom, safedrinking water,• QUALITY OF LIFE AND WELL BEING – Dignity, basicneed fulfillment through water at doorstep• SCOPE FOR TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION – Dripirrigation, weir mesh fencing, tap running water
Concerns need to be focused• AWARENESS CREATION :On HH water supply and sanitation, health and hygiene, judicious use of water,use of toilet and bathroom.• TRAINING AND CAPACITY BUILDING :Quality of implementation, maintenance.• IMPLEMENTIATION & TECHNOLOGY :Using of HDPE pipe , Safe drinking water, agronomy and crop basket, Dripirrigation and crop selection• INSTITUTIONAL ASPECT :Cost sharing, repair & maintenance ,raising community funds• POLICY :Weir mesh, drip, toilet and bathroom –funds through local funding like block andITDA• NEW OPPORTUNITIES :Cooperative and marketing of agricultural goods, Packaged drinking water as anenterprise.