Located in the coastal region, the salinity ingress due to over exploitation of ground water had contaminated the water table. This adversely impacted the quality of drinking water as well as the water used for other purposes including agriculture – the primary source of livelihood.
Scarcity of quality water was leading to several problems :People were forced to rely on tanker water, which affected their health. It increased the drudgery and health issues for women. The women’s productive time of women was killed was spent bringing water from far off sources, which could have been better utilised in some other income generation activities. Girls usually dropped out of school to extend help in fetching water.