WASH Component 

WASH is one of the components of the three year project PIWAAI. During the project period, it aimed to construct 15 Water Supply Schemes (WSS). 

In the first year of the project, 3 Water Users Committee (WUCs) were formed and registered. Out of the three Water Supply Schemes (WSS) constructed, one was solar powered lifting WSS. 96 households were connected to safe drinking water system in their own yards. In the second year, 6 WUCs were formed; 3 in Balefi Rural Municipality and 3 in Melamchi Municipality. All 6 WSSs were gravity fed. Altogether 145 households had an access of safe drinking water through yard connection.The third year of the project formed 5 WUCs one of the Water Supply System being double staged electrical lifting water supply syste,. 282 households benefitted from the project in the third year.

The beneficiary population were provided with at least 65 liters of drinkable water per capita per day. The fetching time for water decreased from two hours to five minutes after the project intervention in the 3 WSSs. 

Sustainable water management, sufficient water infrastructure and access to a safe, reliable, and affordable supply of water from the project has brought about improvement in the rural livelihood, expanding different opportunities for local economy, especially enabling agriculture production in the project area. 

PIWAAI’s wash component also includes the elements of hygiene and sanitation as an essential part of preventing and protecting community health and aims to invest in strengthening community hygiene and sanitation through technical assistance. To ensure the project constructed WSS are maintained and safeguarded, selected Village maintenance workers (VMWs) and WUC members are trained on repair, maintenance, and smooth operation of WUC. Thus, in the first year, 9 VMWs were trained, 3 each from each WSS, while in the second year 12 VWMs (4 women) were trained, 2 from each WSS. On the other hand, 15 WUC members were trained in the first year, 18 WUC members in the second year and 13 in the third year were trained to ensure sustainable operation and management of the WSS. Sanitation and hygiene training along with menstrual hygiene management training was provided to WUC members, field-level activists of the community, and women beneficiaries in all three years. 

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