Constructing Water Wells in Bihar, 16.02.2011

    Constructing Water Wells in Bihar, 16.02.2011

    Despite being the third largest state in India, with a population of 83 million, Bihar is described as India’s failed state. It has the lowest GDP per capita in the country and one seventh of all Indians living below the poverty line reside there.

    Bihar Location Map

    Clean water deprivation in recent years has often undermined any relief efforts. Bihar has a per capita water supply of 61 litres per day, well below the national average of 142. Safe potable water has therefore become a significant relief issue for the residents of Bihar.

    UWT recently undertook a water project in Darbhanga which is 180 km from Patna, the capital of Bihar. Darbhanga is a very poor rural district, where most areas lack direct access to a water supply. There were government-installed hand pumps in the region, but many of these are now out of operation due to insufficient maintenance.

    UWT has recently installed 100 water wells in various villages in the district. Each well caters for around 5 – 6 homes. 

    Village Number of Hand Pumps Installed
    QUAZIBAHERA  21
    NAGARDIH 20
    KARWA + KARDAHOLI 15
    MOHLI 7
    DHARYA 5
    MADILMAN 5
    MASSA 5
    RAMAUL 5
    PANHIYARA 5
    SISAUNI 3
    SUPAULIA 2
    DHANKAUL 2
    ALIMABAD 3
    USRA 2
       
    boy and water uwt project direct iqbal rawat
    A young boy relishes the fresh water. Iqbal Rawat, Project Director, tries out a new pump.


    Alhamdulillah, the hand pumps have hugely benefited the local communities, who now have access to clean, safe, potable water.  The locals have taken on the responsibility of the hand pumps and undertake all the necessary repairs and maintenance.

    A further 11 hand pumps inshallah will be installed soon.