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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 1: What an Improved Water System Can Mean to Your Community
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Read the paragraphs below. Your discussion leader will answer any questions you have.

Use the DISCUSSION OPPORTUNITY to talk with other members of your group.


In a small village far from the river, there is a new water supply system. There are now three good wells in the village and no one has to walk more than five minutes to get water. Each well has a hand pump and with just a little effort, the women and children of the area can draw plenty of water. Water comes from the well all year long.

Before the new wells were built, most water was collected from a small stream which was an hour’s walk away. Water is very heavy. The people who had to carry it so far usually felt very tired after collecting water.

Some women were afraid to walk such a long distance. They were worried about snakes and wild animals, and even thieves.

During the dry season, there was sometimes not enough water in the stream for bathing or washing clothes. There was hardly enough for cooking. At that time of year, however, there were many mosquitos around the stream. The people who collected water there often suffered from malaria.

People in the village often have diarrhoea. Many also have skin infections. Medicine is not always available; and when it is, it is expensive.

Most people in the village have fields to cultivate, as well as vegetable gardens. When the wet season comes there is a lot of work to do. In the past, it always seemed as if there were not. enough hours in the day to get all the work done.