Sustainable Rural Drinking Water Security through groundwater rejuvenation in a water stressed area

The project seeks to address the issue of overexploitation of groundwater characterized by declining groundwater levels by scaling up the ho

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Organization name

Action for Food Production (AFPRO)

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Scaling (the solution has passed the previous stages and is growing its impact on a regional or global scale)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $100k - $250k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 50,000 - 100,000

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Water

Headquarters location: Country

  • India

Headquarters location: City

New Delhi

Location(s) of impact

Kolar & Bangalore Rural Districts, Karnataka State, INDIA


Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Groundwater, an important component of the environment is a reliable resource. In India, per capita water availability has recorded a declining trend with groundwater in several regions being characterized as over exploited or stressed indicating a widening of the gap between the demand and supply of water and putting an enormous pressure on the availability of water for drinking purposes. This gap needs to be reduced if sustainable supply of groundwater for future generations is to be ensured.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

Several regions being characterized as overexploited or stressed indicating a widening of the gap between the demand and supply of water and putting an enormous pressure on the availability of water for drinking purposes. This gap needs to be reduced if sustainable supply of groundwater for future generations is to be ensured. In this project Water budget estimations will be conducted along with people to understand the ground water situations of their village. Further the farmers who owns bore wells and who are responsible for the over exploitation of water will be trained and provided with Recharge pit & Drip facilities for effective use of water. The drinking water bore wells will be sustained with recharge pits (Injection Bore wells). Tap & meter connections will be installed in two of the project villages to ensure the equity in supply of water and also to reduce the excessive usage of water. The mini water supply villages will be provided with additional water storage facilities

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

The pilot project was implemented in 30 Gram Panchayats (cluster of villages) of Mulbagal Block, Kolar district, Karnataka. Due to the measures of demand and supply demonstrated in the villages, the groundwater balance has marginally improved from 235.40% (ratio of demand vis supply) at the inception of the project to 192.74% at the end of the three years. While the consumption of water by irrigation declined from 14826 ham to 5778.22 ham, the availability of water for drinking purposes marginally increased from 418.85 ham to 431.42 ham without compromising much in the areal extent addressing the fundamental requirement – access to drinking water.About 60% of the farmers adopted drip. In, the process over 33,000 farmers has been trained on the need to sustainable use of groundwater by effectively managing demand. Also, water and sanitation including 210 swatchatadoots (people’s representatives at the grassroots level for creating awareness on sanitation and hygiene) have been trained.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

All our projects are funded by NGOs, NPOs, Government & Corporates • Individual donations or gifts : 0% • Grants: 100% • Corporate contributions: 0% • Earned income • Other/ Govt,: 0% Financial Sustainability will be mainly depends on the following: • Strategic and Financial Planning • Sound Administration And Finance These two important factors will ensure the long term Financial sustainability.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

The uniqueness of the project lies in the holistic approach that the project seeks to adopt while addressing the issue of declining groundwater levels and therefore declining availability and access to drinking water. It combines both scientific methods of assessments with participatory approaches to involve local communities – the primary stakeholders in the management of water resources, making them accountable for the sustained availability of water.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

A village Chiyandahalli which was covered with 80 house holds was having only one drinking water source with only minimum yield. Under the project a recharge pit has been constructed near the bore well and also all the households were provided with tap & meter connections. After these interventions all the households are now provided with sufficient water. Also the yield of the borewell has been increased and the bore well is now sufficient enough to meet the requirements of people. The people of these villages have been trained on water budget estimations through with the farmers have understood the importance of water and now most of these farmers have adopted drip irrigation for efficient use of water. One of the women of this Village namely Ms. Vasantha Kumari, Ex Gram Panchayath President explained about the project in a District level meeting in front of District Collector.

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Attachments (2)

Water budget Workshop_Chiyandahalli.pdf

Process of Water Budget estimation


Village water security plan of one Gram Panchayath


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Photo of Mouhamadou Moustapha Seck

Exciting and promising. Good luck.

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