Clean Drinking Water Project

Clean Drinking Water Project

Requirements & Roles

Successful and sustainable operations lifecycle of Community Clean Water Programs depends on the following key requirements:

1. Village Selection Criteria and Responsabilities

  • Cluster of 15 villages within a radius of about 60-80 km
  • Population of village of 500 households and above
  • Availability of raw water source that has been tested to be contaminated
  • Willingness of village leadership to support the initiative on the terms proposed
  • No proximity to existing water treatment suppliers operating in region

[Note: Telengana State has launched Mission Bhagiratha to supply piped water to every home, hence this region is not under consideration currently]

2. Village Responsibilities – Agreement with Panchayat

  • Provide continuous and sufficient raw water source for capacity of the water treatment plant –lower water levels will impact the functioning
  • Provide site with a secure room to house water treatment equipment – concrete structure of 12’ x 15’ with foundations for treated water tank and raw water tank
  • Provide electricity connection for the water treatment plant
  • Residents pay nominal water consumption charges of in the range of Rs 5 to Rs 8 per 20 liters
  • Promote consumption of treated clean water
  • Commit to a goal of achieving consumption level that will cover the annual operating and maintenance costs

3. CPW Responsibility

  • Facilitate village selection criteria are met as per #1
  • Establish the need for water treatment based on laboratory test and analysis of raw water source
  • Establish Agreement with Panchayat with support of AAPI members
  • Install water treatment plants
  • Operate and maintain plants post-installation
  • Collect water consumption charges per agreement
  • Revenue from water consumption charges utilized towards expenses for:
    • One local operator
    • Electricity
    • Maintenance
  • Provide CPW services at zero profit, zero loss
    • Until the village attains break-even point, where expenses for operations and annual maintenance are fully met from water consumption revenues, the gap is to be borne by sponsor.

4. AAPI Members Responsibility

  • Sponsor the Capital cost of water treatment plants for a tax deductible contribution of USD 5,000 per village
  • Sponsor the Operating & Annual Maintenance cost estimated at USD 1000 per year tax deductible. This amount varies based on region-wise cost differences, volume of water consumption and the collections thus generated. Typically, it takes about two years of operations to break-even on this cost.
  • Facilitate interactions with village leadership and support to execute requisite agreement with CPW
  • Support outreach, education and advocacy to encourage consumption of treated water.

[Note: Villages will be selected based on #1 and #2 above]