Safe Water Program, urban area of Kathmandu, Nepal


Investment size:
CHF 90’000 from 2012-2019
Impact:
Safe drinking water for more than 65,000 people (as of 2016)
Sponsoring partner:
Victorinox

What is the project all about?

Our objectives

The overarching goal is to improve the hygienic environment by providing safe drinking water to schools and related local communities.
Our local partner Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA) has been promoting safe drinking water in Nepal by using Antenna’s WATA electro-chlorinators for several years already. After introduction of the program in 20 schools during the pilot project conducted during 2012–2014, the Safe Water Program has been extended and expanded to 15 new schools over the time period 2015–2017, reaching a total of 35 schools. The schools integrated in the program over the previous years continue to be accompagnied, thus aiming at reaching a total of more than 65’000 beneficiaries within the schools and the surrounding communities. In the third and last phase, 2017-2019, we are working with ECCA on the right measures to created maximum impact.

Key elements of the Safe Water Program

The Safe Water Program contains four main elements: Education, Infrastructure, Application and Extension from School to Community:
Education
  • Water conservation and management
  • Proper storage of treated drinking water
  • Hand washing
  • Orientation to school management committee; Training of teachers & students
  • Interschool competitions on various themes related to WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)
Infrastructure
  • Separate water tank for chlorinating and storing drinking water; related piping system
  • Facilities for proper hand washing
  • Smooth and sustainable operations and maintenance of facilities
Application
  • Local production of chlorine solution
  • Soap for hand washing
Extension to community
  • Social marketing activities (stall at market place, street drama, etc.)
  • Promoting and selling water disinfectant products
  • Water quality analysis within community and reporting it
  • Educating family clusters
  • Interaction with various stakeholder groups

Technology

At the core of the water purification technology is the proven WATA Technology of the Swiss based NGO Antenna Foundation. WATA technology allows the local production of sodium hypochlorite for water treatment and disinfection purposes. A WATA device is a simple tool to produce chlorine. It requires water, salt and electricity. WATA is simply using a well-known technique that has been applied to producing chlorine for almost 200 years. It targets communities that lack access to a chlorine supply chain or to a drinkable water supply.

Monitoring and Reporting

Our local partner ECCA reports results on a half-year basis, following defined Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) providing information on the success of the program. In addition, we aim for annual visits on site.