When SIDUR program officer Sanjeev accidently showed up in Padma’s slum en route to a nearby slum where SIDUR was already working, he didn’t know that Padma’s community was in need. The Janmma Bhoomi slum of Secunderabad had no existing pipelines to connect to the existing water network, so Padma and her neighbors would pay for a weekly water tank delivery. Oftentimes, the water was contaminated with worms and other substances that caused skin rashes. Padma knew that this was a major problem and immediately recognized that the work that SIDUR does would benefit their struggle for clean water.
To persuade Sanjeev and SIDUR to help her slum gain access to pipelines and connections, Padma identified people in her community who were interested in taking out a WASH loan and who were able to repay the loan. Seeing that the demand was high, SIDUR worked to convince the local authorities, such as the Secunderabad Cantonment Board, to expand the piped network. SIDUR was successful in convincing the local government to extend the piped network to Padma’s slum and she was then able to get a loan from SIDUR for a water connection. Now, with their piped connection, Padma and her family have enough water to share with their neighbors without the strain of decontaminating their water before use.
In June 2015, thanks in part to SIDUR’s advocacy efforts, the Secunderabad Cantonment Board announced to spend Rs. 3.62 crore (US $569,000) for water supply management in its jurisdiction, with an additional amount for sanitation-related infrastucture development. SIDUR and Water.org are hopeful that the increased spending for water supply management in Secunderabad means that more people will be able to benefit from safe water and sanitation.