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Drinking water, Fluorosis & Water Quality

We are working in the field of the prevention and control of Flurosis in the State through promoting "Preventive" and "Promotive" inputs.It includes both software and hardware inputs . The Software inputs include trainings on use and maintainance of Activated Alumina(AA) filters,change in food habits , rainwater conservation , and regular check-up of water for fluoride. Hand Pump attached deflouridation unit has been installed in a village Bagpura of Malpura Block. This is a result of demand responsive approach. The selection of option and installation has been done in collaboration of Village Water & Sanitation Committee (VWSC). In the whole gamut, the support and contribution was significant. CDECS has taken project with support from Department of Science and Technology in 6 villages of Malpura,Niwai and Tonk Block where there has been problem of excess fluoride in the drinking water. The aim is to provide fluoride regulated drinking water to the community through Hand pump attached fluoride removal plant. Promoting Household filter at family level (AA technique).

Key Milestones

  Empowered village groups namely VWSC and Water Users Group
  Village family has become individual member of Water Users Group and also contributing for VWSC
  Villagers come forward to regenerate the AA by generating community funds
  Federation of Water Users Group to VWSC
  Awareness generation and largely the change in behavior for taking the fluoride free drinking water
  Community maintaining the HP attached fluoride plant

Rainwater

Rainwater harvesting a traditional practice of trapping monsoon rainwater, which is lost as run off, gained serious attention in the development discourse in the recent past. The increasing importance of its revival is now echoed in almost all hydro-poor parts of the state of Rajasthan. In the absence of this practice when rainfall is more erratic than ever, groundwater aquifers are not sufficiently recharged to meet its increasing demand. While it is accompanied by loss of topsoil cover consequent to deforestation, agriculture tends to loose its importance as a sustainable source of household income. The loss of moisture content of soil, over and above, contributes to the decline of production conditions of agriculture to aggravate. All these together push the local economy into adversity that leaves no option to the households but to migrate.

Eco-Water Literacy Project

The project aimed at creating awareness and education on drinking water ,rain water harvesting ,fluoride prevention and water quality etc. The major actors in the project are school children.The efforts are made to incorporate the schools of secondary level also. The school children are active 'change agents'. Through ,children , the families and community are taken up under Eco-Water Literacy project. The major milestones  of the project are.

  Creating awareness on water management situation.
  Creating awareness on consumption of safe water from safe source to intake in the body safely.
  Creating literacy on safe drinking water and its requirement for better health.
  Literacy in relationship with safe water and sanitation & hygine education.
  Influencing public opinion on water issue and eco-water literacy.
  Creating awareness and educating school children ,teachers and community on Fluorosis caused due to intake of drinking water haning excessive fluoride.
  Dissemination of information on Rain Water Harvesting technology.
  Measures to prvent from fluorosis.
  Ensuring water rights and entitlements of local communities.

The project area are villages and selected schools of village Khandawa,Kanesar,Kripalpura,Datwaas,Kacharia and Bassi of Newai Block,district Tonk. The eco-water Literacy project has been taken up with support from Department of Science and Technology ,Government of India and GOR. 

CDECS is working for the cause and greater sensitivity in the state specially for the children as they should get safe and potable water. The initiatives of CDECS has been towards increasing the concern of the community, school children , teachers and PRIs for rain water harvesting and should come forward with demand. The capacity building on operation and maintenance of water harvesting structures is found essential in the purview of organization. The key features of interventions under the sector are :-

  Strong believe in rain water harvesting
  Involving children in water conservation and protection of environment through plantation and use of waste water
  Educating children and teachers on Natural Resource Management
  Facilitated construction of 40 ferro-cement water tanks of 10000 liters and 3 underground tankas of 60000 liters capacity for rain water harvesting in schools