Gairiswora Nepal Water Project 2018

Portland, Casterbridge and Poundbury Clubs with help of District Grant and Okhle Village Trust November 2018 - Work virtually completed

There are 37 houses. Population 205. There are two spring sources below the village. The village itself is at 1103 m elevation. There is a spring below at 1061 m which is adequate in the rainy season and another even further below at 990m elevation which is an all year-round supply. During the dry season in particular, villagers carry water up to 103m vertical climb (equivalent to a 34-storey building). The round trip can take an hour for each container of water.

A 20,000 L tank above the village has been built. This with gravity drainage serves 5 taps (each tap to supply seven houses). All 5 taps have been constructed. There is a smaller 10,000 L tank adjacent to the spring which is finished, and an electric pump will raise the water to the large tank above the village. A concrete collection chamber has been built at the source to avoid contamination. The other collection chamber from the midway source that is only available in the rainy season will be maintained. Washing clothes and personal cleanliness will occur at the taps and water will be carried to the house for drinking and cooking

Virtually all the infrastructure in in place. The application for the electric meter to be installed in the electric housing has been made and the electric company will be installing imminently. The mains supply is from the road in the village and the electricity company supplies and installs the 6 electricity poles, connections and meter. Due to the harvest time the 50mm pipe from the lower to higher tank will be happening in the next few days.

The original estimate which was over a year ago of £5,500 had increased to £7000.00. However now virtually all the work has been completed the final cost will be £6,505.00 and is not expected to change. 

Village of Gairiswora

Typical village house

Welcome by the women

Discussions with the men

Old broken collection chamber near spring

Lower source spring

Site of new tank on a terrace above the village