Social Awareness through Human Development (SATHI),
Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh
Contact: Dr. Anil Kumar
Dates: September 2018 – August 2021
Total Budget: Rs. 9,16,800
During the period from September 2020 to August 2021, SATHI has manufactured and distributed the planned number (65) of Bio-Sand Filters (BSF) to the families in 6 project villages in Morni Hills area of Haryana, bringing the total number of BSF distributed during the project to 180. Due to a lack of the required facilities in project villages, SATHI did all the filter construction at Thakurdwara campus. After construction and testing, filters were transported to the project villages and installed by SATHI at respective beneficiary households.
All beneficiaries and their family members have been trained by SATHI in the filter use, operation, and maintenance. SATHI has also distributed the educational material on the filter use and maintenance to the beneficiary community. They conducted village level meetings in all project villages to emphasize the regular use of filters.
To ensure regular and proper use of the filters among the beneficiaries, SATHI team has been conducting regular follow-up visits in the project region, with appropriate precautions taken due to COVID-19. The user follow-up data show that more than 90% of the beneficiaries are using the filter regularly. Remaining families are also being educated and motivated to use the filters daily.
The regular filter users were satisfied with the quality and the taste of the water and majority of them were using the filtered water for drinking as well as for cooking purposes. Some families have also reported noticeable reduction in water borne illnesses and improvement in general health after the regular use of bio-sand filter water.