The challenges 

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 drudgery and health issues for women. The women’s Productive productive time of women was killed was spent bringing water from far off sources, which could have been better utilized utilised in some other income generation activities. Girls usually dropped out of school to extend help in fetching water.

Flagship initiative — water resource management 

ACF engaged with the community and identified a strong need for a large-scale water harvesting program in the region and worked in partnership with government, corporate, civil society organisations and the community to revolutionise the water scenario in this stricken area.

The WRM program focused on three main categories:

Drinking Water

Ponds were renovated/deepened for recharging drinking water sources, roof rainwater harvesting structures were promoted and installed, water distribution systems harnessed, and hand pumps and bore wells were fixed.

Water Harvesting

A series of check dams were built, there was a focus on interlinking rivulets and canals, we installed tidal regulators and percolation wells, farm ponds were built and mined out pits were used as water reservoirs.

Water Conservation & Management

Our focus was on promoting micro-irrigation, drip and sprinkler irrigation systems to replace the traditional flood irrigation techniques.