We have developed three major components to our water program: construction, surveillance, and maintenance and education. Our organization has modified the traditional local dugwell into customized modern bore-dugwells (a.k.a. bi-tech wells) that tap water from the top, unconfined arsenic-free aquifer. We provide education and training to the communities—teaching them why not to use arsenic- and bacteria-contaminated water, and how to apply chlorine-based disinfectant and also to make small repairs to the wells—so eventually they can take ownership of their wells. We conduct surveillance on all wells, including annual arsenic tests and monthly community visits. The reports have shown no indication of diarrheal diseases among users related to the well water. Recently, we have expanded into sanitation as well, building honeycomb toilets in communities where no toilets exist. Aqua Welfare Society has acquired enough experience to expand capacity-building as well as our water and new sanitation programs in India.
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