Dahod and Banswara districts receive adequate rainfall. However, in the project villages, a high rate of runoff resulted in low groundwater availability for the tribal communities.
The project developed a community managed, sustainable, rural water supply model, aimed at resolving issues around drinking water at the local level. A community based, water supply system was set up to provide safe water to people throughout the year. This was done by tapping the existing water harvesting structures and renovating open dug wells. The capacity of the community to manage their drinking water systems was also enhanced. Health and hygiene were two other important areas the project focused on.
N M Sadguru Water & Development Foundation has been working for the past 30 years in the tribal regions of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan for improving the livelihoods of the people through water management, agricultural development and community empowerment. Their aim is to help the tribal people break away from the vicious circle of poverty and once again restore the lost natural resources, by making best use of available water resources and demonstrating the economic and environmental benefits of afforestation and watershed development.