Project information

Water security & sanitation in the Eastern Ghats

FRANK WATER provides clean water solutions for marginalised and isolated communities who struggle daily with the consequences of dirty water. Through a sustainable, community owned and managed gravity fed water system, clean water will be supplied to a tribal village in the Eastern Ghats in India.

April 2016 - March 2017

Charity information

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  • Need


    Globally, there are nearly one billion people who lack access to safe, clean drinking water. In India alone, diarrhoea claims 450,000 lives every year. Tribal groups in remote rural areas are at particular risk and government departments are often unable to provide basic water services due to the remote areas and difficult terrain. Women and female children have to travel long distances to collect water from unsafe sources which can be, unreliable, scarce and contaminated.


    It will tap perennial springs and using a gravity flow system, will supply safe water to 3 communities. In the villages, the water is passed through a filtration unit (using sand) and distributed to a standposts on each street. A water committee will be set up to manage and run the project alongside an education campaign to improve the communities' understanding on sanitation and hygiene. Together these activities will ensure sustainability, improved health and initiate wider development.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To increase the number of people in 3 communities with access to safe water


    » To conduct a baseline survey and identify spring water resources and testing for suitability.
    » To construct a gravity fed water supply (GFWS) system to supply a convenient source of safe water to the entire population of all 3 communities.
    » To implement a springshed protection plan to protect each water source, and ensure the sustainability of the supply.

    Each community (300-350 people) will have access to safe water through a standpost available in each street.

    Aim 2

    To increase the number of households adopting safe water, hygiene and sanitation practices.


    » To conduct awareness raising workshops for the community on safe water, sanitation and hygiene practices, and wider developmental schemes.

    Success will be measured through an increase in the number of households adopting safe WASH (Water Sanitation and Health) practices and subsequent improved health.

    Aim 3

    To empower the local community to effectively manage the gravity fed water system


    » To form village water committees (including women) and set up village development funds to support maintenance of systems.
    » To train committees on gravity fed water system management and maintenance.

    Through the formation of strong water committees who can raise the required funds for ongoing maintenance and management of the systems ensuring sustainability.

    Aim 4

    To advocate for local government authorities to fund and implement more gravity fed water systems.


    » To develop Micro Level Plans (MLPs) to be used to secure government or other funding for future GFWSs.
    » To conduct two workshops on GFWSs to be attended by government officials and community representatives.

    Facilitation of new funding from the government, to support similar tribal communities with the construction on water and sanitary systems.

  • Impact


    In the long term the overall benefits will be improved health as well as wider developmental gains such as improved education, income generation and engagement with government schemes. Success will include a demonstrable reduction in waterborne diseases, an increase in school attendance (particularly for girls), additional revenue generation and improved housing and toilets.


    The main risk to this project are delays caused by adverse climatic conditions. These risks have been dealt with by ensuring that project plans take into account seasonal changes. In addition, GFWS requires no external energy and involves harnessing perennial springs which will be protected. This will help to ensure the on-going resilience of the work. The final aim will be difficult to achieve if this is not a political priority. This has been mitigated by taking a long term approach.


    Donors will receive a bi-annual email with information about the project, its progress and case studies of villagers who have benefitted and how their health has improved as a result.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £53,993

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      Amount Heading Description
      £29,736 Project Implementation Construction of gravity fed water system, training for committees pre and post project. Materials
      £3,750 Advocacy & Capacity Building Sensitisation, Capacity building, monitoring, evaluation and learning, awareness raising
      £16,384 Project Management Staff and Field costs
      £4,123 Admin Administration, support, HR

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Brownfield Green £20,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    This project is located in the very remote tribal areas of the Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh, populated by communities dependent primarily on forest produce for their survival and where a safe water supply is not guaranteed and government funding does not extend to communities due to the difficult terrain and remote nature of the community.


    The entire tribal population served by the gravity fed water sources will benefit, particularly women and children who will no longer have to travel long distances to collect water from unsafe, contaminated sources. This will allow them to earn money and attend school rather than collecting water.

    Lack of water also limits other development activities such as the production of good quality coffee beans which will now be a secondary benefit and increase the economy of the population.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    FRANK Water is a small Bristol based charity with 10 years of expertise in providing access to clean water. We support a more holistic and sustainable approach with our projects by including sanitation and health education and training alongside access to safe clean water. We also work with local partners in country with extensive knowledge of the issues we are addressing so together we can support hard to reach communities who lack the knowledge of how to access government funding.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr Siva Kumar, Project Director At VJNNS (Local Grassroots Organisation)

    Mr Kumar has managed multiple projects for 3 decades. He is supported by Parathi Sarathi, a Technical Consultant who has extensive knoweldge of GFWS

    Jon Shepherd

    FRANK Water Programme Manager- 10 years experience in development projects globally working with NGO's such as Oxfam in Africa, Asia & Middle East

    Praveena Sridhar, FRANK Water’S India Coordinator,

    has 7 years experience in the development sector in India and an MSc in Environmental Engineering and Sciences