The hilly Himalayan region is blessed with adequately high rainfall but an overwhelmingly high proportion of the same is restricted to the monsoon season. This results in paucity of water during non-monsoon months together with high rates of surface run-off that cause heavy land degradation and erosion. In Phase I of this project, HSS undertook water conservation and the rejuvenation of traditional sources. Phase II will continue this work, aiming to create recharge zones for springs, promote safe drinking water, introduce eco-sanitation, document and revive traditional drinking water systems, preserve native flora, and sensitize communities on water and sanitation issues.
The aim of HSS is to promote community action for social and economic development in the Himalayan region, and to guide, coordinate, and promote the activities of voluntary organizations and individual social workers working for socio-economic uplift of the people in that region..