This report analyses an Indo-German bilateral pilot project concerning community water supply in Himachal Pradesh, during which villages were provided with gravity fed drinking water systems.
|Title||Gravity-fed water supply in Mandi district, Himachal Pradesh|
|Publication Type||Research Report|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Authors||Harris, B, Brighu, U, Poonia, R|
|Publisher||IRC, Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur (MNIT)|
The villages in this study of community water supply in Himachal Pradesh were provided with gravity fed drinking water systems under an Indo-German bilateral pilot project which worked in nine villages. There was significant software support from the state Irrigation and Public Health (IPH) department during the implementation phase, but there has been no ongoing support. Two of the villages continue to manage the systems effectively on a highly volunteerism basis, providing a high quality service to users, whilst the third village struggles to manage the maintenance of the system due to geographical issues. Service levels suffer as a result. Although the pilot project provided a template for wholesale community management of rural water supplies, the IPH has adopted a much more limited form of community management for wider implementation. Here only operation (not ownership or maintenance) of the final distribution system is handed over communities. Tariffs are collected by the IPH who pay the full costs of running the system.
Key points are: