Expansion of Drinking Water Supply to Sagroli
The tap water supply was initiated in Sagroli in 1968, when the population was 2500, and consisted of a storage tank (capacity 125,000 litres) and a jack well on the river bank through which water was pumped in to the tank. Two intake wells were also built in the river bed with the aim of increasing the flow of water. Safe drinking water was supplied through stand posts erected in various parts of the village and also through home connections
The population of Sagroli is now over 8000 - which far outstrips the capacity of the old water supply system. To help augment the supply a couple of mini water supply schemes, including bore wells with electric and hand pumps, had to be installed. Almost 50% of the population depends on these secondary supply systems.
The water from these these additional systems, however, contains fluoride and other harmful salts and minerals which make the water unsafe. There has been an increase in the incidence of kidney stones and other diseases caused by hard water containing high fluoride. To make matters worse, as water levels have fallen, the supply has begun to be contaminated by drainage water.
The jack well, now over 40 years old, is an excellent source of safe water, but needs to be desilted. The high silt level means that it takes much longer to fill the storage tank, especially during the summer. The two intake wells in the river bed also need to be desilted.
Equitable Water was approached to help with the project, which consists of constructing a new storage tank, desilting the wells and repairing the structures around the jack well. The Gram Panchayat (Village Council) agreed to contribute to the project by way of making provision for the pipe line and pump set for the additional reservoir. The work was completed in July 2010, well before the onset of the monsoon.
In July 2011 the project was extended to include a water supply to a harijan hamlet near the main village. Sadly, the practice of separate areas for 'scheduled' castes persists (the word 'untouchable' is rarely used nowadays!).