Deep Water Well Project in Pancuran:

Water  means life. It is one of the most essential elements in human life and civilization, and it plays a crucial role in determining the quality of our lives.  About 70.9% of Earth surface consists of water. However, for many reasons, "where to find water” is not an easy question to answer sometimes. The experience of Pancuran villagers in Bantul, Yogyakarta, and how Qatar Charity’s effort to help them by drilling a 120 meters depth of water well as well as empowering community and encouraging them to participate and to build their commitment in order to ensure the sustainability of project impact is worth to be a lesson.   

Pancuran,  a small 'pedukuhan' (village) in sub district of Dlingo, Bantul regency, Yogyakarta province is located  at an altitude of 500-1000 meters above sea level. After 2006 earthquake shooke Yogyakarta, all of 50 water wells in this village were damaged and remain without water.  As stated by Ohio Seismic Network, it is well documented that earthquakes can have significant effects on water wells. The shaking associated with an earthquake may cause sand to plug a well screen, therefore reducing the volume of water that can be pumped.

The government and some NGOs tried to save people of Pancuran from water crisis. But some of their projects were failed because no water found,  while others lost their water after a couple of time.  And during this time of crisis, the villagers used rain water and water taken from some other recourses, such as river and rice field, which is not appropriate for consumption.  

From April until June 2011, Qatar Charity Indonesia did some visit to Pancuran and conducted assessment to gather baseline information and real data required for water and sanitation project, as well as to identify potential reliable and clean water source options.  Within this process, QCI also met community and their local leaders to introduce the project, and together with them convened  a community meeting to identify  their needs and communicate ideas about community participation.

Based on their discussion result, the villagers did preparation steps including formation of Village Water and Sanitation Committee (VWSC). The importance of  VWSC existence is aimed at promoting  the sustainability of water supply services. VWSC composes of a chairman, secretary, treasurer, and at least 7 members who work on  a voluntary basis and are selected by community. To cover gender issue, community is required to involve at least three women in VWSC.  For the reason that VWSC will play an important role in managing, monitoring, and coaching the community,  QCI also plans to provide relevant capacity buildings and trainings for VWSC members so that they can do their best to fulfill their duties and responsibilities.  

According to assessment result and a research report from University of Gadjah Mada in this area stated that it need to drill 120-140 meters depth to get water, QCI opted to develop a deep water well project, which is also well-known  as artesian well. The project consisted of drilling into artesian aquifer, providing water pump and pump casing, and electrical installation. The objective of project number 1985  is not merely to provide safe water supply for targeted community. Moreover, it is developed to increase availability of safe environment for targeted community and to build the capacity of community to administer, operate and maintain water supply and sanitation systems.

After signing of agreement with community on 15 June 2011, QCI started the next step, namely water supply installation.  Here, QCI identified contractor who would implement the water well installation under QCI supervision.  Moreover,  QCI always encourages its contractor to recruit   labors from the local community to provide both economic inputs as well as the transfer of knowledge through on-the-job training and motivates community to contribute raw material or unskilled labors as part of community participation.

It took approximately two months to accomplish the installation. The water was found at the depth of 120 meters and distributed to 181 households in Pancuran village through pipe lines which have been established before by the community. More than 900 people of Pancuran are benefited from the project with budget of USD 15,730 which saves them from water crisis.

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