Pidugurulla

Project_167AS_India_Pidugurulla_30_Jallakalu school boreholesIn September 2013, work began on a project to provide a water supply to five rural schools of Piduguralla Mandal region, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India. The five schools – Julakallu, Janapadu, Kamepalli, Konanki and Venkatapuram – had no water; children were assigned to collect water from the village, spending up to 30 minutes collecting the water, mostly in school time. Not only was this time consuming but the water collected was of very poor quality and insufficient quantity to satisfy drinking, food preparation, washing and sanitation demand.

Project_167AS_India_Pidugurulla_33The project has provided five bore wells for drinking water, each with an electric pump and storage tank in each of the five rural schools, so that currently 1,100 children (NB. this number will rise) will have safe drinking water. The project was implemented by Just a Drop’s local partner Apt Social Service Society and sponsored by Reed Elsevier.

 

Konanki School

Konanki School is located in a very remote area completely inaccessible by any kind of vehicle; it is a 5km walk from the nearest road. In addition the environment around the school has been polluted by a number of limestone mines.

Project_167AS_India_PidugurullaAt Konanki School, 120 scheduled tribe children are catered for, aged up to 11. There are also two teachers at the school.

The borehole was drilled at the school and fitted with a hand pump. The pump was also fitted with a submersible motor with an electric connection controlled with a panel board inside the school. A 500ltr capacity plastic water tank was built on the top of the school building and connected to the pump. Five taps were also constructed, one of which has a direct link from the borehole.

 

Kamepalli School

Kamepalli School IndiaAt Kamepalli School, 250 children are catered for up to the age of 11. There are five teachers at the school.

The borehole was drilled and fitted at the school with a hand pump. The pump was also fitted with a submersible motor with an electric connection controlled with a panel board inside the school. A 1000ltr capacity plastic water tank was built on the top of the school building and connected to the pump. Five taps were also constructed, one of which has a direct link from the borehole.

 

Julakallu School

Project_167AS_India_Pidugurulla_31_Jallkalu School boreholesAt Julakallu School there are 120 children and three teachers. The children at the school are up to the age of 11.

A borehole was drilled and fitted with a hand pump. The pump was also fitted with a submersible motor with an electric connection controlled with a panel board inside the school. A 1200ltr capacity brick water tank was built on the top of the school building and connected to the pump. Five taps were also constructed, one of which has a direct link from the borehole.

 

Janapadu School

Janapadu School IndiaAt Janapadu School there are 250 scheduled caste children and five teachers. The children can study up to Year 5 at the school. Here a borehole was drilled and fitted with a hand pump.

The pump was also fitted with a submersible motor with an electric connection controlled with a panel board inside the school. A plastic water tank was built on the top of the school building and connected to the pump. Five taps were also constructed, one of which has a direct link from the borehole.

 

Venkatapuram School

Project_167AS_India_Pidugurulla_28_venkatapuram school handpump & submersible motor inside.Pillar around to the pump.1At Venkatapuram School there are 312 children and nine teachers. The children are aged between 11 and 16 years old. Here a borehole was drilled and fitted with a hand pump. The pump was also fitted with a submersible motor with an electric connection controlled with a panel board inside the school. A 1500ltr capacity brick water tank was built on the top of the school building and connected to the pump. Five taps were also constructed, one of which has a direct link from the borehole.

All of this will help these children to spend more time on their studies which is so important at the age they are at.

 

Outcomes

Project_167AS_India_Pidugurulla_25_girls drinking from tapAll work has been completed successfully in spite of some delays caused by political problems during the strikes, geographical remoteness and inaccessibility. The quality of work, quality of materials used, cost of materials and whole concept of design were all equally impressive.

In each school committee there were active members who participated in the project implementation process and donated resources in kind as well as small cash donations. Their direct involvement and commitment helped to further ensure the quality and success of the project.

The project has been designed to:

  • meet the students’ requirements in each school
  • be easily operable for the teachers
  • be protected from theft
  • save water during school holidays.

The communities’ religious and traditional values, as well as the schools’ unpredictable electricity supplies were also factored into the design of the project. Accordingly, each hand pump can be operated manually and all of the schools have cemented platforms under the tap stands.

Project_167AS_India_Pidugurulla_27_Venkatapuram school handpump & submersible motor inside.Pillar around to the pump.The drinking water supply project has already had a positive impact on the children. The time taken to collect water has reduced – before it could take the children up to 30 minutes in school time. Now the children have immediate access to clean safe water inside the compound of their schools. This has not only improved the children’s overall health, but also their school attendance and performance.

 

Thank you very much to Reed Elsevier for making this project possible.

 

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Date of Project: March 2014

Beneficiaries: 1,100