Poorly maintained infrastructure, lack of community participation and the inability to recover the maintenance fee from users were the main problems identified by the Gandhigram Trust in the project villages.
The project helped to restore infrastructure and simultaneously generated awareness about the importance of maintaining water supply installations and protecting the water from contamination. Capacity building for maintenance of water supply installations was undertaken by building the technical and managerial capacities of local people to ensure sustainability of the effort post-project period. An active Village Water Committee for regulating water services at the village level and active, representative water user groups. The knowledge and management skills to budget for rejuvenating, replacement, operation and maintenance of installations were imparted to this committee. A tariff system was introduced that enabled a full recovery of the operation and maintenance cost and at least 25% of the capital investment and replacement cost from the water users.
A Gandhian Institution with several decades of experience in rural development, Gandhigram Trust works to provide access to affordable essential services to the rural community in health, education and social welfare. One of the main aims is to co-creating knowledge with the communities and leverage their traditional strengths, and make them applicable for modern times. The aim is to ultimately strengthen the community by facilitating economic development programmes, creating livelihood opportunities and self-managed development programmes