Overcoming water scarcity through community initiatives
The story of Lohar Bhabhor (a Small Hamlet)
Lohar Bhabhor is a small hamlet of 30 households in Dahod district, Gujarat. Most of the locals depend on agriculture as the main source of their livelihood. The hamlet has faced a severe scarcity of drinking water over several years.
To address this problem, volunteers working with the Government of Gujarat’s Water and Sanitation Management Organisation (WASMO), formed village level water and sanitation committees. The committee first encouraged behavioural changes through wall paintings. These displayed details of costs and layouts for the construction of a 10,000-litre water storage tank, supported by a 200-feet deep bore well. A contribution of Rs500 was taken from each household.
The storage tank was inaugurated in February 2016 and had underground pipes connected to taps outside each house in the hamlet. Samiti members were also provided with Water Quality Testing Kits, allowing them to regularly monitor the quality of water.
The success of the project has spread to other villages. Fifteen other hamlets are in the final stages of construction of their tanks, while 26 other villages await approval from the local District Collector for implementation of the project.