Chittoor, an arid district in Andhra Pradesh, faces seasonal drought. This causes acute water scarcity, leading to very low drinking water availability. Dhan Vayalagam foundation has focuses on developing and renovating traditional water harvesting structures as an effective way to collect rainwater and recharge groundwater, and helps people access water through the summer months. This was done through:
DHAN Vayalagam (Tank) Foundation is a professional, grassroots, action-oriented, development organization. It has a sub-sectoral focus on water with the belief that the local management of the tank system can be the only solution to the problem over a long period. DHAN Foundation, started in 1997, has identified ‘water’ as a unique tool for alleviating poverty, and has established a separate people’s institution, the ‘DHAN Vayalagam (Tank) Foundation for scaling up water related initiatives.