the

Water Oversight Committee

Each committee consists of a 16-person (9 women, 7 men) group of residents & teachers from the local community. 

 

There are 2 Co-Presidents (Male/Female), Secretary, Treasurer and 4 main specialty divisions:

Sanitation & Hygiene (3 members),

Maintenance and Repair (3 members),

Sustainability (3 members)

Agriculture (3 members).

 

The Water Oversight Committee trains with Water Underground staff 2-3 times a week during a rigorous 2-month process; however, we are engaged in a long-term partnership and act as a support structure once the community takes the reins. Each division trains with Water Underground specialists in each area with theoretical and practical lessons covering the issues, with the flexibility to direct attention to a specific issue within each different community. ‚Äč

The time invested, bonds established, and relationships made during this process is one of the most powerful dynamics in our model. We leverage their local knowledge, learn from them, involve them as decision makers, and empower them as leaders. This process helps create powerful bonds and confidence - between us - and we can really get some good work done.

 

These people become the local guardians of the project. These new leaders are instilled with a sense of pride, ownership, and empowerment. Now, a new government recognized council exists in the community to ensure sustainability and the execution of all parts of the Water Underground model - and are equipped with the tools to propel their community towards development on their own terms.

MAINTENANCE & REPAIR DIVISION 

Members are involved in the entire drilling process and work with the drilling team to go over all parts and functionality of the well. They work through possible problem scenarios and are trained on how to repair these issues themselves.

 

They are given a maintenance schedule and a list of all necessary parts for maintenance, including where to buy them, and their costs.  

 

Over the course of our 2-month training, they are confident in how to address problems and what is needed for proper maintenance. 

SUSTAINABILITY

DIVISION 

Members decide on a levy that the community pays for use of the well. This fee ensures sustainability and a collective ownership. This division collects those fees, and registers all users of the well.

 

Water Underground staff works with the division to identify vitamin and mineral deficiencies and selects crops to grow to best combat malnutrition and anemia.
 

This division works with the new garden that is built in the school - and trained in improved agriculture techniques including irrigation, local fertilizer and the sourcing of seeds. They learn which crops are best for nutrition and which are best to go to market with. This division becomes an information resource for the rest of the community.

 

At least one member of this division is a teacher at the school.

SANITATION & HYGIENE DIVISION 

Good hygiene and sanitation practices go hand in hand with clean water. When a community gets clean water, knowing how to maintain it and use it in the best way to benefit their community's health is paramount.

 

In addition to the infrastructure of the sanitation center in the school, we employ Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach to address the issue of sanitation in the rest of the community. 

 

These members are the public health messengers for the entire community and school. They look after the Sanitation Center. They are responsible for making sure the water well and the surrounding area stays clean and free from animals. They are also in regular communication with the local health department - reporting suspected outbreaks and conversely receiving info regarding public health initiatives, such as vaccination programs, to inform the rest of the community. 

AGRICULTURE DIVISION 

Members are involved in the entire drilling process and work with the drilling team to go over all parts and functionality of the well. They work through possible problem scenarios and are trained on how to repair these issues themselves.

 

They are given a maintenance schedule and a list of all necessary parts for maintenance, including where to buy them, and their costs.  

 

Over the course of our 2-month training, they are confident in how to address problems and what is needed for proper maintenance. 

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