ESTABLISHING COMMUNITY-BASED SUSTAINABLE WATER PROGRAMS.
(In 2022 construction of 40 toilets is complete and 16 bi-tech wells is near completion. For pictures will be available on the gallery soon.)
Project Well provides safe drinking water to an area of India where groundwater is contaminated by arsenic. Ingesting arsenic through drinking water causes many serious and often fatal health consequences, including various cancers, lung diseases, diabetes, and reproductive problems. We continue to discover additional health effects through health studies. Read more about arsenic health effects here and information in slides in pdf.
Our water sources—based on traditional dugwell designs that are familiar to villagers—are inexpensive and easy to maintain. We make these water sources sustainable by developing community-based programs so users take responsibility for their own wells. Together with our local partner Aqua Welfare Society, Project Well continually monitors our water projects so if problems arise, we can address them immediately and make sure villagers can continue to use the wells. We provide long-term guidance and assistance to users, unlike many other water projects that are installed and left unsupported. Project Well also educates communities on proper sanitation and personal hygiene practices, as well as the effects of drinking arsenic- or bacteria-contaminated water.
100% of donated funds go to our work in the field, as all United States officers provide their services pro bono. Our US officers also conduct research as members of the Arsenic Health Effects Research Group (ASRG) at University of California, Berkeley.
Step 1. Geologically-appropriate sites are selected in villages heavily contaminated by arsenic. Community members donate the land.
Surveillance & Maintenance
Step 2. In the months and years following construction, we follow up regularly to make sure wells are in good repair and being used.
Education and Awareness Programs
To make the projects sustainable, we need to educate the communities, especially young students, on the importance of safe water.
Thousands are being slowly poisoned from arsenic-contaminated drinking water in India and Bangladesh. The tube wells, which once saved their lives by preventing gastrointestinal diseases, are now killing them.