Water
Harvesting
The spring was a source of drinking water for
the villagers, but it is drying.  Water seeps
slowly, and it takes hours to fill the small
container.
When springs are no longer
producing water, women fetch water
from a small pond which has water
until mid March.  Fetching water
from this small pond is dangerous.
During the summer months, after the springs
journeys (4 to 5 km) through mountainous
trails to fetch water.
To provide the village with a safe, and
continuous, source of drinking water,
“The Unforgotten” installed a rainwater
harvesting system.  Roofs serve as a
catchment system, and water is stored
in a cistern.
A charcoal filter was installed
between the roofs and the concrete
tank to clean the water prior to
storage.
Many thanks to the dedicated
expert  volunteers that have
worked on this project !!  And
our project leader
Atul
Inamdar
!!
The Unforgotten provided safe drinking water to a hill top village
(Mengjaiwadi pada, in Wangni, India) that faced acute water shortages
during the dry season.  Previously, these villagers used unsafe springs
and ponds for their went dry in February.
The poor quality of drinking water from
springs and ponds is a serious health
concern.
Tank was cleaned prior to storing water
during the rainy season
More on the science of rainwater harvesting
The UNForgotten Fund
Hiking to the hill top village
(Mengjaiwadi pada, in Wangni) that
faces acute water shortages during
the dry season.
The dryness of the season and the
water shortage is evident in the
landscape.
The roads available to transport
supplies (cement, etc) soon became
nonexistent.  
Mr. Laxman Dhebe, village chief,
and head of water committee for
Mengjaiwadi pada.
Mengjaiwadi pada.
Steel frame of drinking water tank
during construction.
William Wicker.  Background
cattle feed.  Left are patties
of cow dung used for fuel.
Atul Inamdar, project manager,
in Mengjaiwadi pada.
Rooftops that will be used for
rainwater harvesting.
Construction workers mixing
concrete for tank construction.
Prefabricated steel panels to be
used for tank construction.
Children of Mengjaiwadi pada.
Concrete to be used for tank
construction.
Charcoal filter to be used to clean
water prior to being stored in
concrete tank.  Filter will be installed
between rooftop and tank.
Women and children of
Mengjaiwadi pada pose for a
picture in front of the tank frame.
Mr. Laxman Dhebe, village chief, and
head of water committee for
Mengjaiwadi pada, welcomes us in
his home.  
for  Mengjaiwadi pada.  Source will
dry in a couple of days after this
picture.