|Up to 70 new fresh water wells
are sunk annually.
Each well can serve as many as 200 people. Each
well costs from £550 to dowse, drill, and tap.
In 2010, 68 bore wells were provided.
|The success rate -
finding water where expected - is 92%.
|For domestic purposes
water is often in very
short supply and can involve going long distances
or engaging in noisy and even violent struggles to obtain
just enough water for a short time every 4 or 5
days. This part of Tamil Nadu is prone to
drought, and although the last few years have seen
generally good rains, the 5 years up to 2004 saw
very serious water shortages, with even coconut
trees starting to die. In the worst cases, RTU
arranged for tankers of water to be delivered to
villages desperate for clean water.
| Our Success,
thanks to you
Over 2,200 wells
have been sunk
to date serving over 400,000 people. RTU Water Department
has provided 1,000's of villages with safe water
and many schools with a constant supply.
|Local villagers are
trained to maintain the simple hand pumps that are
usually installed, although for schools an electric
pump is more appropriate.