PRASAD’s water initiative focuses on providing clean water to communities in villages and also works with households to manage their waste water, in order to prevent contamination of groundwater. Prasad works on a wide variety of solutions:
1. Borewell recharge
Designed by PRASAD Chikitsa, it is the first of its kind in the area. PC has successfully revived 3 borewells, which had gone dry, with its unique Borewell Recharge technique.
2. Biosand filters
Slow sand filters produce high-quality water without the use of chemical aids. The Bio Sand Filters are zero maintenance filters that remove Pathogens, Iron, Arsenic and other forms of contaminants. Over 150 Bio Sand Filters have been built by villagers with guidance from PRASAD Chikitsa.
3. Rainwater Harvesting
PC has supported many farmers to build their farm pond which enable them to harvest rain water as a result they are able to cultivate a second crop.
PC has also worked in partnership with the Governments ‘Jal Shivar Yojana’ to build check dams at strategic locations to harvest the rain water. Till date PC has succeeded in building 4 check dams.
4. Building open Wells
Under the water initiative PC has drilled a few borewells with hand pumps to provide drinking water for the villagers.
5. Wastewater Management
Gross domestic usage of water is 25 – 30 litres of water per person per day. As a result of lack of drainage systems in rural areas, water stands still outside the house and becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes and insects, making the villager more susceptible to disease. PC’s wastewater management system connects the house to a percolation soak pit system, which filters the chemicals and allow filtered water to recharge the soil.