Getting clean water to the hills of Nepal in 10 steps
In partnership with UK Aid, we continue to provide access to clean water in Nepal
…as well as sanitation education to help create a better life for those living in remote communities.
Since we started providing clean water to communities in Nepal back in 1989, we have built over 2,000 water projects, benefitting over 350,000 people.
Given the mountainous terrain of Nepal, getting clean water directly from the source to the homes of needy communities is often a difficult process. We break down the 10 steps that we take in order to build and maintain access to clean water:
Step 1. Assessing the villages
We begin by visiting potential villages to assess their needs and test logistics regarding the water provision.
Step 2. Collecting information about the communities
We collect data such as how many people live in the village, and how many of them are women and children – who are likely to be the ones undertaking long daily journeys to collect water.
Step 3. Empowering communities
We set up a village committee, to include a Chairperson, Secretary and a Village Hygiene Worker. Forming these committees empowers the community themselves to take responsibility of the project, which ensures is sustainability into the future.
Step 4. Sanitation education
We visit the village to provide them with education on sanitation to keep the water source free of contamination and prevent the spread of disease within the community.
Step 5. Designing the scheme
Often a difficult task (considering Nepal’s terrain and weather), we design how we’re going to get the water from the source to the villagers’ taps.
Step 6. Approval from the community
A Memorandum of Understanding is signed with the village water committee to agree all of the Ts and Cs.
Step 7. Gathering materials
We collect the appropriate materials necessary to build the project.
Step 8. Building the structure
We start building the tanks and tap stands, which takes us between three and four months. We avoid building anything during the monsoon season, which usually falls between June and September.
Step 9. Handover
Once construction is completed and safety checks have been made it’s time for the community to start enjoying their clean water. We ensure that our tap stands are located at the homes of those who need it, so they no longer have to walk for hours to collect water.
Step 10. Revisiting the villages
We continue to monitor the safety and sanitation of the project, and find out how it is affecting the lives of those involved.
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