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Arsenic Free Water Brings Smiles In Communities

Puraina, Nauniya and Nimuwabojhi communities of Kotatulsipur VDC had to rely on the arsenic contaminated water source for drinking water. As a first step towards the solution of the problem, District WASH Coordination Committee (DWASHCC), and GNI including different stakeholders conducted a feasibility study. After analysing the situation, the team recommended installing deep tube-wells (more than 80 meters) for Arsenic free water. GNI also coordinated with the communities, VDCs and D/VWASHCC to install deep tube–wells (100 meters).  After the consultation meeting, VDC decided to provide a letter of recommendation to use the community land and the community provided in-kind support. GNI supported around 9,000 USD to install three tube-wells; one each in Puraina, Nauniya, and Nimuwaboji. Water from the tube-wells was tested at the government drinking water laboratory and the Arsenic level was found less than 10 ppb.

Currently, more than 2,000 people from 764 households are directly benefited. The water is used for drinking, washing, bathing, irrigation, and farming. Neighbouring communities are also benefiting from this facility. This project helped to minimize health hazards. The tubewells brought happiness to the poor communities and gave respite from Arsenic contaminated water.

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