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Rainwater Harvesting - A Boon to Villagers

Tumkur is one of the fluoride affected district in Karnataka.  Madhugiri & Pavagada taluks are worst hit areas in Tumkur.  The average rainfall in the area is about 493 mm. Vegetative cover is very thin and hence soil erosion is more. More than 60% of the population lives below the poverty line.  Earlier these villages were facing acute water shortage with dried up water bodies.  The water table was so low that even after drilling 1200 to 1500 ft deep, the chances of striking water was bleak.  Even the little water available from the deeper layer was not potable for drinking purpose as it contained fluoride beyond the permissible limits. Bore well water is the main source of drinking water.  After conducting a baseline survey, it was found that 50% of the population is affected with fluorosis in the form of dental problems, joint and stomach pains.  To tackle the issue, BIRD-K is implementing Sachetana Drinking Water Project funded by Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) in nine fluoride affected villages of Madhugiri taluka of Tumkur district.

The objective is to support 1000 families from nine villages in Chikkadalavatta Grampanchayat of Madhugiri taluk limits to ensure the availability of fluoride-free safe drinking water to the community though roof top rain water harvesting structures (RWHS).  To ensure improved ground water availability in the project villages through ground water recharge. Read full story