Water Stewardship Project

Water Stewardship Project

Donor Agency: Diageo India

Objective of the Project
Improving and strengthening Sustainable Access to Water and Sanitation in rural communities around Diageo India’s plant in specific areas of Maharashtra to create water replenishment capacity of 170,000 m3

Timeline
Six months: January – June 2021
Extension for an additional 1 month

Budget: INR 2.2 Cr

Partnering Agency
On-ground implementing partner: Aquakraft
M&E and Reporting Partner: Ideas to Impact Foundation

Intended outcome
- Water replenishment capacity of of 170,000 m3 created through construction of water harvesting infrastructure – farm ponds (desilting), contour bunds, Gully plugs, restoration of check dams, roof rain water harvesting structure)
- Increase in ground water level and improved access to water for irrigation
- Improved health with access to WASH facilities - Drinking water stations of capacity 500 LPD (liters per day) and Bio-toilets in 5 government schools
- Environment sustainability – Afforestation by planting 5000 trees
- Decreased soil erosion and improved soil moisture and nutrient content
- Improved economic status (benefit to farmers)
- Improved access to water will ensure – women spend less time in travelling to fetch water

Activities till now
- Baseline for the project, including scope of work, done
- Formation of village water committee completed in all locations. One woman member has been made mandatory.
- Conducting Behaviour Change Communication Campaigns on Water and Sanitation with the Committees, to enable behaviour change among the community people
- Project design prepared and on ground implementation is in progress
Due to Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns in Maharashtra there is a challenge in implementing the on-ground construction activities as per plan. Therefore, the team is proceeding forward under the given government advisories and guidelines.