Chainpur Water Project
As waterborne diseases pose a serious threat to the rural inhabitants of Nepal, where many lives are taken by cholera, it is essential to provide easily accessible and safe water sources to these remote communities.
A collection chamber at the water source, as well as two reservoir tanks were constructed for this project; one is located near the source, and the other is closer to the centre of the distribution system. Pipelines connected to these reservoir tanks feed a series of “Tap Stands” spread throughout the community. The main water source, being located on a high ridge above the main village, allows the distribution system to rely entirely upon gravity to supply the community below.
Beyond facilitating access to clean water, one of the key elements of the project is to consistently regulate the availability of water throughout the day and seasons of the year, independently of the water source’s flow rate. The reservoir tanks avoid waste during low usage times and store excess water in order to fulfill the community’s needs during high demand times.
Each household in the community makes a nominal monthly payment to cover maintenance fees and the employment of a manager, who is assigned by the community and responsible for the well-functioning of the system. In addition to the manager, a Volunteer Water Committee helps to determine details regarding the schedule for water distribution towards each individual sector of the distribution grid.
The project, supported by the Bethany Baptist Church, is intended to serve 174 households, which translates to a population of roughly 900 individuals, including many small farms, and one school where 165 pupils attend.