Ramasamudrapuram is a hamlet of Pappureddiayapatti Panchayat located in Kamudi Block, Ramanathapuram District. Water is scarcely available in this block as it receives 800mm raifall per year. The ground water is saline in nature due to sea water intrusan. Therefore, people of this village depends ground water sources for both drinking and domestic needs.
Status of Drinking Water in the Village
Ramasamudram oorani is located at the center of this village. This oorani receives water during rainfall and caters drinking and domestic water needs to the villagers for four months. Government has provided borewell and pipelines for villagres water needs. As this water is not good enough for drinking, people prefer oorani (Common Pond)water. It has a well in its water spread area and the structures of this well are in damaged condition. Villagers use well water for the drinking and oorani water for domestic purpose. Due to increased siltation over the years, the water stoage capacity of the oorani is reduced. This oorani needs deepening for increasing water holding capacity and reconstruction of well structures for safety and getting damaged further, avoiding contamination and proper filteration of oorani water for drinking purpose. Fencing is also needed for preventing the entry of stray dogs, livestocks and human beings to prevent from pollution and dumping the waste materials in to the oorani. The incidence of salination and water borne diseases are visible in this village.
Way Forward and Expected Benefits
OOrani deepening, reconstruction of damaged well structures and fencing would ensure pure drinking water to the people. Deepening would increase the storage capacity of the ooarni which would further increase the availability of drinking water for more months. People will be relieved from salination and water borne diseases.
Villagers Speak Before Construction...
“Drinking water problem is biggest problem before us. Especially after oorani water depletion, the problem increases to many fold.”
Over the above budget DHAN Foundation contributes Rs. 50,000 by providing professional and techno managerial support to the community.
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