Is water from ponds safe for drinking? - BRSP
Ghaznali is a village situated in a border area of Noushki district where people used to have very miserable and disadvantaged lives. Communities did not have access to clean drinking water, good quality education, health services and other basic amenities such as electricity, gas, a road infrastructure etc.
The incidence of water-borne diseases was comparatively high because humans used to draw water for drinking and other domestic purposes from the same sources as animals. Since the wells were a considerable distance away and fetching water was the primary responsibility of women and children, this further deteriorated their situation and that of their children. The unavailability of water compelled many families to migrate to other places where clean drinking water was available.
A team from BRSP visited this village and evaluated the potential for working with these communities. The villagers were found have a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards their development. First the communities were organized and then engaged in prioritizing their needs. Communities unanimously requested that their access to clean drinking water should be improved. A detailed technical appraisal of the existing, non-functional water supply scheme was conducted. The scheme had been developed by PHED in 2000 but had not been functioning for the last four years.
With the financial support of the PATRIP foundation, BRSP upgraded the schemes by installing new machinery, laying pipelines up to 48,000 feet in length to connect villages in two directions, constructing a 30,000 gallon groundwater storage tank and repairing and connecting it to four other water tanks in different villages in order to to ensure the constant availability of water.
In addition, water management and operation and maintenance committees were formed and trained so that they can play an effective role in keeping the water supply functional. Communities - especially women and children - were engaged in raising awareness about health and hygiene in order to further improve the situation. The water supply scheme has made a significant contribution towards improving social cohesion between both the communities on the Pakistan Afghanistan border asit is the only source of clean drinking water in the area for both communities in a 30 km radius of the water source, 2 km from the border.
"In our area, most of the families were facing trouble from the unavailability of water; having to fetch water from far off sources in order to survive was the main cause of illness amongst the women" (Akhbar Khan, Malik, picture right corner).