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Community Water Plus, a research project, has investigated twenty case studies of successful community managed rural water supply programmes across 17 states in India. Through these case studies, the research has gained insight into the type and amount of support to community organisations that is needed, and the resources implications of this 'plus' – in terms of money, staffing, and other factors. This document presents the case of Morappur (Tamil Nadu), a governmentlabelled 'dark' block, that suffers from depleted and contaminated groundwater.

From 2004-2007, the TWAD Board, a public utility, followed a participatory approach to address water insecurity in the area. Recently, CEC, a national NGO, has undertaken additional efforts to (re) mobilise communities. And there have been massive investments from the state government in a new bulk water scheme bringing surface water to the region.

Through these efforts, semi-autonomous, Village Water and Sanitation Committees (VWSC) have been set-up as subcommittees of the Gram Panchayat, fulfilling the service provider roles. With such a strong role for local government the model can be classified as a form of direct provision with community involvement. The local government, in turn, receives support from both CEC and State government. In the better performing villages, this is transitioning into a more professional community-based management model.

TitleSupporting community-managed water supply in Morappur, West Bengal
Publication TypeBriefing Note
AuthorsHutchings, P.
PublisherIRC
Publication LanguageEnglish
Abstract

Community Water Plus, a research project, has investigated twenty case studies of successful community managed rural water supply programmes across 17 states in India. Through these case studies, the research has gained insight into the type and amount of support to community organisations that is needed, and the resources implications of this 'plus' – in terms of money, staffing, and other factors. This document presents the case of Morappur (Tamil Nadu), a governmentlabelled 'dark' block, that suffers from depleted and contaminated groundwater.

From 2004-2007, the TWAD Board, a public utility, followed a participatory approach to address water insecurity in the area. Recently, CEC, a national NGO, has undertaken additional efforts to (re) mobilise communities. And there have been massive investments from the state government in a new bulk water scheme bringing surface water to the region.

Through these efforts, semi-autonomous, Village Water and Sanitation Committees (VWSC) have been set-up as subcommittees of the Gram Panchayat, fulfilling the service provider roles. With such a strong role for local government the model can be classified as a form of direct provision with community involvement. The local government, in turn, receives support from both CEC and State government. In the better performing villages, this is transitioning into a more professional community-based management model.

Citation Key82007

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