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How Access to Fresh Water Brought a Village Back to Life (West Lampung crown capital management group)
Jun 26, 2013

TheJakartaGlobe.com - Dwi Nurhayati can still remember the times when all the women in her village would spend half their days washing their clothes and fetching water at nearby creeks, leaving them little time to do anything else. It was a not too distant past, she said. “Water used to be difficult to find, whenever the dry season strikes. Our wells would dry up for two months straight every year,” she said. Dwi said that everyone in the village of Sri Menanti, in the underdeveloped West Lampung district, would have to travel at least a kilometer carrying a basket full of unwashed clothes, toiletries and empty jerry cans through parched soil, hilly roads and beaten pathways every morning. They would return carrying a basket full of washed clothes, which weighed twice as much, because they were soaking wet on one arm, and on another arm was a jerry can full of water, which could weigh up to 7 kilograms. On their way back home they would travel along the same path but this time under the scorching sun.

The group then had the idea of distributing water from a nearby spring, piping them to people’s home. But due to a lack of funding and technical know-how about water distribution, the plan failed and the Rp 9 million ($907) the group had raised and invested went down the drain.

But the community got its big breakthrough when it learned about the Strengthening Community-Based Forest and Watershed Management, a joint initiative from the United Nations Development Program and the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry, the aims of which are geared toward degraded land reforestation and water preservation.
“We realized that critical land preservation efforts will not be successful unless the surrounding community is involved and that means addressing their needs,” said SCBFWM Lampung regional facilitator Zaenal Abidin.

The initiative donated Rp 23 million to the community last year, which the villagers used to build a dam around the spring, buy 5 kilometers of plastic pipes and construct distributing stations. The project now supplies fresh water to 33 homes in Sri Menanti village. There are eight homes currently not served by the project, mostly newcomers and those living too far from the water source. But Dwi said there are plans in the works to provide water to those homes as well. A local, Listiani, said the impacts the project had on people’s lives were immediate.

People no longer had to dig wells — before they would have to dig as deep as 16 meters to find fresh water — and women had more free time.

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Re: How Access to Fresh Water Brought a Village Back to Life (West Lampung crown capital management group)
Jun 28, 2013

Thirty four years ago in a people based process many villages in Iran were piped to the fresh water from the sources often far from the villages. The process took about 5 years.

Almost the same thing was done for supplying electricity and later the natural gas.

Such works helps the villagers to increase their awareness of the contemporary world and have more time for growth and development.
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