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close this bookSpecial Public Works Programmes - SPWP - Community Water Supply - A Community Participation Training Element for SPWP User Beneficiaries (ILO - UNDP, 1987, 100 p.)
close this folderSESSION 6: Wells
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DISCUSSION OPPORTUNITY

1. Do you remember what drilling method(s) was (were) used to build the well(s) in your community? Tell about the digging and building of the well.

2. Do the children and adults in your community understand how to use the well and keep the water clean?

Do the children play on the pump? Do they play around the well site? Does this cause any problems?

3. Have you had any problems with the well(s) in your community?

Is the water pure? Does it taste good? Is there enough?

Do people use the well properly? If not, what should they do?

4. Can you identify a problem with your community well?

What could be done to correct it?

What could be done to prevent future problems?

Who should correct or prevent problems?

Who has the authority to make decisions about water use or well misuse?

5. Did the people in your community make contributions of money, materials and/or labour for the construction of your water supply system?

6. If there are handpumps in your community, think about the following questions:

a) Who should be the caretaker(s) of the handpumps?

b) How many caretakers should there be for each handpump?

c) Who should choose the caretaker?

d) Could a woman be a caretaker?

e) What should caretakers do? (e.g. look after and repair every part of the handpump; or look after and repair only those parts above the ground; or look after the well site only, etc.)

f) Should the caretaker submit a monthly report to the water and sanitation committee or the village authority?

g) Where should the spare parts be kept? Who should keep them? Who should buy them? Where can they be purchased?

h) What should the caretaker do if the repairs are beyond his/her ability?

i) Who should contribute to the expenses of repairing the handpump?