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DEPARTMENT OF DRINKING WATER AND SANITATION

 

Who we are

The Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation of Latehar Department is entrusted with the responsibility of creating drinking water facilities in the district for serving the citizens. This Department is also engaged in ensuring sanitation facilities in rural areas to improve the sanitation practices of rural and urban masses. It administers water and sanitation schemes in the district.

Background


Water is a life supporting resources. Human and animal life depends on the availability of water. Historically, drinking water supply in the rural areas in India has been outside the government's sphere of influence. Community-managed open wells, private wells, ponds and small-scale irrigation reservoirs have often been the main traditional sources of rural drinking water. Government realised the need for providing drinking water to all on the consideration that it improves the health, sanitation and reduces the drudgery of bringing water by women. Therefore, government took up the responsibility of providing drinking water sources to the communities.

After a period of time, government realised the need for engagement of community in planning, implementation and management of drinking water related schemes with emphasis on ensuring sustainability of water availability in terms of potability, adequacy, convenience, affordability and equity in a decentralized mode by the involvement of PRIs and community organizations.

Subsequently, government incorporated the principles of decentralized, demand driven, area specific strategy taking into account all aspects management of the drinking water supply infrastructure. The biological contamination of large number of drinking water sources is a serious problem, primarily due to prevalent open defecation and insanitary conditions around the drinking water sources in rural India. Therefore, government brought in sanitation facilities and services. With the basic sanitation programme being implemented in the villages, the prevalence of water borne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, etc. is seen to have decreased, but the incidence is still relatively high. With these considerations drinking water and sanitations are initiated through the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation to improve the well being of the common masses.

What we do

This department was created to accomplish the following key objectives.

  • To mitigate problems of quality drinking water.
  • To increase the coverage of safe drinking water.
  • To replace spot- source by piped water supply
  • To maintain the water table in order to prevent depression in ground water resource.
  • To maintain and recharge the quality of U/G water.
  • To provide community latrines for those who use the open field.

To accomplish the objectives, both central and state government have been implementing drinking water and sanitation programmes through the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

Development Initiative

Central Government Schemes
Bharat Nirman/ ARWSP

Under Bharat Nirman/Accelerated Rural Water Supply Programme, the Department has been providing drinking water facilities to villagers. Under this scheme, providing drinking water wells with the contribution from central and Jharkhand governments is part of it. These facilities are provided on priority basis in Annkabari centres and through piped water supply.  This also comprised of rain water harvesting, ground water recharging, provision of Fluoride / Arsenic removal plant (wherever such problems were identified) and schemes for tackling water quality problem.

Total Sanitation campaign

This scheme is already under execution in Latehar district. Matching share is given by Jharkhand State for this scheme. The objectives are to bring about an improvement in the general quality of life in rural areas, accelerate sanitation coverage, and generate demand through awareness and health education, cover all schools and anganwadis in rural areas with sanitation facilities and promote hygiene behaviour among students and teachers, encourage cost effective and appropriate technology development and application and endeavour to reduce water and sanitation related diseases. The District Water and Sanitation Mission (DWSM) are implementing the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) services.

This scheme has following components.

  • Building of household toilets for people living below poverty line
  • Providing school toilets,
  • Provision of toilets in anganwadis
  • Creation of community sanitation complexes
  • Setting up of sanitary production centers/ rural sanitary marts
  • Awareness campaign using information, education and communication components.

It is a participatory and demand driven initiatives with the active participation of rural families and NGOs.

State Schemes
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 Rural Pipe Water Supply

Under this, rural pipe water supply scheme is undertaken to provide drinking water to the villages. This scheme provides for pipe water supply in specific water points to the villagers.

Rural Tube Wells Schemes

Under this scheme, government provides for ‘Construction of Five Tube wells per panchayat’. Through this, government is trying to ensure water supply for all the villages.


Who is responsible


Er. NAZARIUS BECK is the  Executive Engineer who is heading the Drinking Water and Sanitation Department. He is accessible in 9955166349. This department functions with the administrative control of DC.

 
 

 

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