Water changes everything
Water is foundational to the well-being of human life. Our work to bring water to communities with limited water accessibility improves human health and economic development by freeing hours of collection time so villagers can make livelihoods through animal husbandry and agriculture.
Our model case-study, done in collaboration with the Hartford Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA, was completed in Ward 8 of the village of Sabhung, located in the Tanahun District in the Gandak Zone of Western Nepal, approximately 22 miles southeast of Pokhara.
Ward 8 of the Sabhung Village Development Commitee is comprised of approximately 834 people in 130 households. Through the concerted efforts of Namlo International, EWB-HPC and the village of Sabhung, a state-of-the-art water supply system was created. It relies on a spring source collection tank whose water is pumped 300 meters vertically using pumps that are powered by solar arrays. There are two intermediate tanks that also have solar arrays and a pump. The distribution tank is comprised of six 5000 liter tanks and is designed to distribute 20,000 liters of water per day.
As a model example of our mission to empower the communities we serve to help themselves, the project also provided the proper training for maintaining the system and eventual self-reliance of the community through the formation of the Ward 8 Village Water Users Committee (WUC). This committee was created to take ownership of the project and electand communally pay a Village Maintenance Worker (VMW) in charge of checking up on the system daily and taking care of any issues that arise. The committee also charges 150 NR (1.5 USD) per household per month and uses this money to pay the VMW as well as build reserves for maintenance costs. The community was very involved since the beginning and provided everything from food and lodging to unskilled labor through the different implementation phases. Our framework for the maintenance and operation of such projects allows the communities we serve to be self-sustained.