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Sustainable rural domestic water supply

Author(s): Issues, challenges and a case study from India
Congress: 2008
Working on decentralised water and waste wter management since 1994. Advisor to a Trust which is a grant making instituion for water and sanitation projects in India

Keyword(s): ecological, social,finacial,technical and insitutional sustainability for rural domestic water supply
AbstractRural domestic water supply schemes in Karnataka are plagued by the usual ills of most rural drinking water supply schemes. Dependence on ground water sources and hence lack of source sustainability, bad quality power hampering pumping of water, water wastage through overflowing cisterns because of lack of ownership of the asset, bad quality work through a highly centralized system of contract and supervision and consequent asset depreciation, bad institutional responsibility with no revenue to manage system, lack of a legal framework to manage groundwater with agriculture drawing away most groundwater and fundmentally lack of good governance. One struggles to find a modicum of a success story in most parts of Karnataka as in India. Hebbali village however may show the way. It has shown how the 5 pillars of sustainability ecological, technical,social,institutional and financial can be achieved in a highly participatory manner. Shortcomings of the model will also be discussed. This is perhaps one of a kind village in India where every connection is individual and metered,source sustainability is ensured through rainwater harvesting and recharge of the aquifer, social aspects are taken care of through subsidies and group connection and full cost recovery forms the basis of volumetric tariff. Climate change is addressed through spreading risks on source dependence.
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