Enabling Access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Rural Communities

The ‘Enabling Access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Rural Communities’ project is working towards making 41 villages, in Lakhanpur block of Jharsuguda district in Odisha, Open Defecation Free (ODF) through the construction of sanitation units, provision of water supply and community sensitisation on WASH practices.

The project aims to eliminate the practice of open defecation in 41 villages, enable community managed safe and potable piped water supply systems for all households, and trigger behaviour change through sensitisation on safe and healthy WASH practices.


565 households, 8 villages


Jharsuguda in Odisha




May 2015 to June 2018


₹ 3.69 crore


Odisha Power Generation Corporation



  • Constitution of Village Water and Sanitation Committees (VWSC) and capacity enhancement of VWSC members in planning, implementing and post implementation sustainability


  • Identifying suitable water sources through a geo-hydrological survey
  • Installing household sanitation units and piped water systems with integrated technology solutions such as water metres and electrochlorinators
  • Creation of a corpus fund for extension of financial support to new households beyond the project period
  • Creation of a maintenance fund to meet recurring costs of operating the water supply system
  • Ensuring involvement of community representatives, government officials and OPGC to facilitate mobilisation of government resources and build linkages for future partnerships


  • Eight villages Open Defecation Free (ODF)
  • Three taps with 24/7 water supply to 565 households
  • Water supply system commissioned in eight villages
  • Generated corpus fund of ₹ 3.9 lakhs for four villages
  • 83% of 25 persons from the first batch of trainees continue as masons
  • 57% of women trained as masons in the second batch of 28 trainees
  • Geohydrology study of the village panchayat completed
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