A Case Study of 24X7 Water Supply Facility of Haraorou Village, Imphal East, Manipur
Keywords:Water Governance, Manipur, Success Story, Drinking Water.
AbstractManipur including the capital city of Imphal is facing water crisis. The government is able to provide only 70 million litres per day (MLD) against the required 101.9 MLD. Quite contrary to the situation, a village in Imphal East district of Manipur namely Haraorou village avails of uninterrupted supply of potable water through the plant located in the village. The source of the water supply plant is groundwater. Besides, reforestation of the hill range, the villager water and sanitation committee in consultation with the PHED developed an artificial recharge structure to make the source sustainable. By virtue of it, villagers have potable water through the public hydrant as well as domestic connections at a reasonable cost of ` 40 per household for public hydrant and ` 150 for domestic connection. Water tax remains unchanged so far. The water supply plant is now a model for rural water supply scheme in Manipur. This paper examines the model cited herein and also tries to understand why it could not be replicated in other villages.
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