Soil-health Enrichment and Yield Improvement
Water scarcity is a looming crisis facing the world. According to McKinsey, India’s demand for water will grow to almost 1.5 trillion cubic meters and the Indian river basins could face severe deficit unless concerted actions are taken. Rainfall and groundwater are the two most important sources of water for S. Uppalapadu. However, with the increase in population and non-sustainable groundwater extraction, there was barely enough water to meet the demands of the villagers.
The National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP), under the umbrella of Bharat Nirman, was launched in the village to ensure that all rural habitations, households, and persons have access to safe drinking water supply.
To overcome water scarcity, soak pits were installed in every house. A pilot program was designed to show the villagers the importance of managing the water table and reducing the risk of drought by using rainwater harvesting, and check dams. The program has been quite successful in increasing ground water levels in the village. The village has enough water now to meet all its needs, including irrigation for its farms.
A Reverse Osmosis (RO) water plant was constructed in the village under the NTR Sujala Sravanthi scheme for which Manohar Reddy donated Rs. 1.5 lakh rupees. Currently, there are 2 functional RO plants which provides water to the whole village at a cost as low as 2 rupees for every 20 litres. This ensures healthier living conditions for the villagers and helps them lead happier lives.
This scheme aims at replacing unsafe sources of drinking water with sustainable solutions, including surface water schemes, rainwater harvesting, watershed development and community participation.