Water And Sanitation
Sustainable Water and Sanitation solutions for the urban poor
Funded by: WaterAid
Rapid urbanization, in wake of huge economic growth, coupled with shrinking job opportunities in rural areas has led to ‘urbanization of poverty’. In the absence of affordable housing for the urban poor, slums have proliferated in all urban centers of India and the most visible impact can be seen in metropolitan areas. Municipal bodies and utility service providers are constrained by capacities and resources to tackle this challenge and the poorest of the poor, living in slum clusters, end up receiving extremely low levels of service delivery for water supply, sanitation and solid waste management. There is a huge disparity between the level of service prevailing in planned settlements and unorganized slum clusters, this leads to both social discontent and frustration among the poor.
FORCE Model WATSAN slum program 11 point agenda: A dip stick study conducted by us in the slums we work in, threw up the following statistics to highlight the tremendous impact of poor water and sanitation on the developmental goals especially for women and children
There is loss of health, dignity, peace of mind, safety and economic growth if water and sanitation problems are not adequately addressed.
As a part of the WaterAid India funded project called ‘Swatch Delhi, Swasth Delhi’, we have been working in partnership with communities and government authorities to provide sustainable Water and Sanitation solutions for 20 slum settlements in Delhi having more than 50,000 inhabitants. We are trying to make these slums MODEL WATSAN slums.
To achieve this objective, we have evolved an 11 Point Action Agenda – in which we have identified 11 key operational areas which if acted upon, can help create sustainable, acceptable water and sanitation conditions in slums. We have also set realistic targets for each.
The Model WATSAN slum program has had a strong visible impact. Recognising this, the Delhi Government departments dealing with urban poor is now evaluating the possibility of scaling up all or part of this program.
As part of the Water and Sanitation Project, FORCE also works for the Right To Water For All. In this connection FORCE met with Smt. Sheila Dikshit, hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi on November 9, 2011 to appraise her of the results of the Water Quality Tests done by FORCE and bring to her notice the views of the affected people.