This project is to help extend the water system currently in place in our community. The town is very large in upwards of 8000 people, but they expanded faster than their water sources. The community would like to place 2 new standing pipes and 3 water tanks connected to their water system. These pipes will go to areas of the community that are low income and to the schools where they can be used for school gardens. Currently the two low income parts of town and the schools walk very far for their water and this would be a huge help. The community is providing all labor and engineering expertise but would like help with funds for materials. The main areas that do not have easy access to water are the low income, migrant areas, and areas near both the government and Islamic school that is situated on the outskirts. Water is crucial to daily existence. Also, this access to water will allow the PCV to continue to work on building community gardens in these sectors of town causing an increase in nutrition, food security, and overall community well being.
The project will bring 2 new standing pipes and 3 new water tanks to the farther community outskirts, two of which include the lowest income and northern migrant farm workers. The first pipe will go about 300 feet north back behind the town soccer pitch. From this main line, we will create another standing pipe continuing north to the farthest northwest corner of the town. This is where a few of the northern migrants live, and where other northerners have moved and built homes. The first water tank will also attach to the new line created by the first new standing pipe near the park, but from there will go eastward toward the middle of the Muslim population of town and next to the Islamic School. This tank will not only give better water access to the women of this area, but will help the community school gain access to water during the day as they are very far from any other water source. This water will be good for the children and will be utilized to maintain the school garden being built. The second poly tank will connect onto the tank near our community school and be placed in the far northeastern part of town. These are the people walking the farthest for water, or going to an unclean pond source to get their water access. The town believes this is the most important part of the water extension project. The final water tank will go to the south-western part of town near the Assemblyman’s house as well as the teacher’s quarters for the government school.
There are about 60 homes in this area who do not have close access to a pipe. Each of these placements was carefully vetted by the community and engineering team to service the most people for their placement.
There will be many components of training and capacity building before during and after the project implementation. Before the project, the elected water board committee will gain practice on running a large scale project from beginning to end, including deciding placement based on need for each pipe, and communicating this placement to the community. The Water Board engineer is also training the rest of the committee on various limitations or capabilities of the existing system. Further, during the project, everyone participating in community labor will get insight into how the water system is managed as they dig for new lines. The Water board committee will gain practice in managing large scale community labor projects. At the end of the project, the water committee will train community members on running the pipes and tanks to collect the right amount per fill in order to maintain upkeep of these new sites.
The community decided on this particular solution for their water issues. They have a water board committee and the PCV has met with the committee, as well as two engineers in the community who built the original system and discussed the detailed plan from top to bottom. The community also has a system in place for utilizing volunteer or community labor and they are looking for candidates to help dig for the pipes. The engineers have worked with the PCV to scout the specific site placement of the new pipes, as well as providing a detailed list of needed materials. The areas where the pipes will be laid are the ones who will be providing the labor to dig for the pipes, and the engineers reside here in town in case of issues.
The community has elected a water board and currently charges for the water that is fetched from the standing pipes around town. They have already lined up four new people who will monitor the project and collect the money to be sent to the water board and used for the electricity bill that as well as any repairs. We have also decided upon using the three water tanks in the farthest areas to prevent the current pump from continuously pumping water and using more electricity. Further the engineers and expert who are implementing the system live in town and have built something similar before. They will be around in case of damage or issues. The capacity building training offered to the water board and community members will also help the community to sustain the project.