Neel and Jill's project will support the repair and deepening of the Della village well and construct rainwater harvesting tanks necessary to improve the health, sanitation, and quality of life of the Della community.
Rainwater harvesting tanks will allow families in Della to collect, store, and use the rainwater from the monsoon season during periods of drought.
This project will construct three underground rainwater harvesting tanks and repair the village well. Each rainwater harvesting tank has a capacity of 5,000 liters, and includes a covered man-hole lid to keep water clean from dirt, dust, and other debris.
The well will be deepened by approximately 20 feet, and the broke walls will be reconstructed with reinforced concrete-cement. The well walls will be raised an additional three feet from ground level and a parapet safety net will be constructed over the top to improve safety measures for water collection.
The well repair also includes the addition of two pulley systems to ensure that women can procure water with ease, and a cement platform will also be built around the base of the well to prevent women from slipping while using the pulleys.
Della does not have plumbing, irrigation, or other infrastructure neccessary to provide community members with access to water. Water used for drinking, cooking, agriculture, and cleaning rely on the monsoon rains. As a result, recent droughts and increasingly-shorter monsoon season have created a water shortage problem for the Della community.
Local engineers will rent a machine to dig and blast the rock for repairing the existing well. Once the wells are complete, a wall and pulley will be constructed so the women will no longer have to walk down to the bottom to collect the water. Total construction time for each well is expected to be 2 to 3 months.
Construction will provide employment to local engineers, masons, and other construction workers from the village and its surrounding area.
Shirish & Daksha P.
Hopewell Junction, NY
Tigershark Management LLC -.
New York, NY
New York, NY
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