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The overall goal of Guramba Water Supply project was to significantly improve the health and well-being of children, families, and communities in the project area of Guramba at Dembiya Woreda by reducing the incidence of WASH-related diseases through provision of sustainable access to safe water and improved sanitation facilities, and promoting good hygiene practices.
This project addressed lack of access to safe water, improved sanitation facilities as a result of the constructed water supply system, sanitation and hygiene practices. In addition to satisfying the needs of communities in terms of accessing enough water for drinking and cleaning, water access has resulted in several gains in the communities. It has given children time to attend school without being late which in turn has fostered their progress in school. Previously students in schools were wondering from house to house within villages during their break time to search for drinking water during which they were exposed to dog biting on top of being late from school. Also when their cloth is not washed, some students were shamed to go to school so they were also forced to miss classes until their cloth washed. Hence, the project impacted the life of students in many ways. The project also helped to minimize the burden of women by reducing the time they spend to draw water. The time saved from getting water has been turned into time for income-generating activities and child care particularly for women with small children. The project also addressed the lack of improved sanitation facilities and poor hygiene practices. This was achieved by raising awareness within communities on how open defecation can cause health problems and mobilizing families to use latrines. This has resulted in a decrease in acute diarrheal disease and trachoma.
To improve access to safe and adequate water supply of the community the proposed project was implemented. This water supply project includes drilling and development of one deep well, construction of storage structure, pressure main and distribution networks and public fountains. Therefore, the water will be pumped from the well to the storage structure and then distributed to the community by gravity and collected from public fountains. The water is also supplied to one health center and one school that exist in the Guramba Bata pre-urban village.
Accordingly, the yield of the well is 2.8 liters/second and is found sufficient for the demand of the targeted community in the design period. The water supply system was designed to generate 15 liters per person per day and the installed pump has compatible capacity with the yield of the bore hole. The developed water supply system is implemented in collaboration of World Vision Ethiopia (WVE) with all relevant stakeholders like Zonal and district water offices and the user community. Moreover, trainings were organized for various community members on safe utilization of potable water from its sources to the household level during consumption. To ensure the sustainability of the water scheme, WASH committee selected from men and women for whom capacity building training was arranged on operation and management of the system, the scheme is handed over to the benefiting community and pertinent government line office.