Burhasi Water Well Project, Uttar Pradesh – India

Village: Burhasi, Uttar Pradesh 202125, India

Gps Coordinates: 27.912527°N 78.206781°E


Burhasi village, situated in the Koil tehsil of Aligarh district, Uttar Pradesh, India, is 20km away from both the sub-district headquarters Koil (tehsildar office) and the district headquarters Aligarh. According to 2009 statistics, Burhasi is the gram panchayat for the village, covering a total geographical area of 688.74 hectares. The village has a population of 6,855 people, with 3,693 males and 3,162 females. The literacy rate in Burhasi is 45.82%, with 54.37% of males and 35.83% of females being literate. There are approximately 1,044 houses in the village.

Community Description

The majority of the villagers are Dalits. India is home to over 200 million Dalits. Dalits, also known as “Untouchables,” are members of the lowest social group in the Hindu caste system. The word “Dalit” means “oppressed” or “broken” and is the name members of this group gave themselves in the 1930s. Following the order of the Bombay High Court, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I&B Ministry) of the Government of India issued an advisory to all media channels in September 2018, asking them to use “Scheduled Castes” instead of the word “Dalit”.

Problem Addressed

Concerns about water resource management in Uttar Pradesh have emerged due to water scarcity in various parts of the state. The increasing demand for water, driven by population growth, urbanization, and changing lifestyles, poses challenges to water security. Climate change further aggravates these challenges, leading to water crises, floods, erosion, and droughts. Unequal water distribution between regions and within the same region can cause social unrest. The intermittent and unreliable water supply system exacerbates the issue. Inadequate maintenance of irrigation infrastructure results in the under-utilization of available resources. Encroachment on natural water bodies, blocked groundwater recharge zones, and pollution from industrial effluents further impact water availability. Many rivers in the state are heavily polluted, affecting aquatic ecology, cultural needs, and aesthetics. Access to water for sanitation and hygiene is also a serious issue, with inadequate sanitation and a lack of sewage treatment contributing to water source pollution.

Villagers in Burhasi district, Uttar Pradesh had to walk long to collect water for personal use and irrigation. They had to approach the fixed water points and needed permission to gather water.

Project Description

STAGE 1: After the village survey and site inspection, we made markings in white powder based on the specified dimensions for a single water bore well. These markings highlighted the boring points and concrete platform dimensions.

STAGE 2: We started doing excavation work for the boring hole with digging tools. The digging task continued till we found the water source. The minimum depth could be 35 feet to the maximum is 120 feet. If water cannot find till 120foot we will change the location. We found water at 65 feet at this location.

STAGE 3: Next, we moved the inside pipes along with necessary accessories deep inside the boring well and we made sure our pipe end mesh system had reached to water source. The other end of the pipe will be on ground level then we assemble our hand borewell set to it. Once fixed, we made the demo to make sure the hand borewell would pull the water successfully or not. Once it was confirmed we fixed the whole borewell set through the anchor bolts for permanent.

STAGE 4: We started constructing civil work for the concrete platform around the borewell.

STAGE 5: After civil work, we kept whole platform open for water-curing.

STAGE 6: Once it hardened, we applied the colored coating for the final finishing.

STAGE 7:  Inauguration: So it can be used by the local community.

Project Impact

The implementation of this project will have a significant impact on the lives of 400-450 individuals who are currently facing the daily struggle of traveling long distances to get access to water. The project will not only provide them with a more convenient and reliable source of water but will also help them in their agricultural and irrigation practices, which have been hindered due to the unavailability of a nearby well. This project is expected to bring about a positive change in the lives of these individuals by providing them with better access to basic necessities and also improving their livelihood.

Monitoring and Maintenance

The local contractor is assured of maintaining the well for 5 years and also a joint water committee will be trained on managing water systems to prepare them for the improved and newly-installed water systems and overall sustainability. Thereafter, they will maintain and repair the system as needed.

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