Piped water infrastructure, afforestation, technology and community leadership advanced water access, use, quality monitoring and source sustainability

During the year, we supported villages with household toilets and bathing rooms in all the households to develop their own piped water supply systems. We ensured that new families built toilets and bathing rooms, thus providing 100% coverage. We helped older partner village communities to revive, repair, and strengthen sanitation and water infrastructure to ensure sustainability. The Jal Bandhu fellowship trained a cohort of youth fellows with technical capacities on the springshed, watershed management, monitoring, and project implementation. We set up the Water Resources Technology Group, which played an essential role in building the capacities of staff and village-level service providers to undertake groundwater inventory mapping, prepare groundwater maps, and set up rain gauge networks.