Village of RAIPUR
  • Raipur is a poor rural village located in the Gajapati district of Orissa, India :
    • Population: 1,500 (200 families)
    • Area: 5 square kilometers
    • 7 hand/bore wells of which only 3 were functioning
    • Closest lake is one-half kilometer from the village and water was unsuitable for drinking purposes
  • Raipur requested help from the Pure Water Project to develop and implement a strategic plan to make clean drinking water available in their village :
    • After acquiring multiple bids for this project, Pure Water Project selected Diversified Energy Solutions (DES) as our local partner/contractor on the ground
    • The DES project plan for Raipur included the digging of a bore well to access ground water, UV and chlorination filtration systems, and an overhead tank for water storage. The water would be pumped to 12 different strategic location points (‘kiosks’) in the village
    • In November 2012, ground was broken for Pure Water Project – Raipur
  • DES partnered with TMNS (our local NGO) for project implementation and oversight.
    The project included :
    •    8 inch Bore well 500 feet deep (water table at 225 feet)
    •    Filtration plant room (100sq ft.) housing:
    -    UV Filtration system
    -    Chlorine dosing system
    -    Sand Filters
    -    Iron Filters
    -    Carbon Filters
    -    Pressure pump
    •    Overhead tank to store filtered water (14 feet high)
    •    Kiosks at 12 different points in the village with 4 taps in each kiosk
    •    An additional electrical transformer to provide adequate electrical source for project
  • Project Ownership and Education :

    Our local partner on the ground (‘TMNS’ ) and our contractor (‘DES’) worked closely with the Raipur village community to educate villagers about “ownership” and “awareness” of all new infrastructure and facilities provided. We also worked with a local organization called ‘PREM” that specialized in educating rural populations in the following areas:

    • Awareness of the importance and availability to clean drinking water
    • Education of general water and sanitation practices; importance and relevance of this water project in improving quality of life
    • Maintenance of the filtration plant and education of the community about their role in maintenance, cleaning, trouble-shooting, etc
    • Awareness of the financial responsibility of supporting the project post-implementation, i.e. in collecting funds from families for a maintenance fund set up to pay for electricity bills and repairs
    • Educating women and children about mindful and responsible use of drinking water