Learning to Conserve Water

People in Kashiram Nagar, India struggle for water every day. However, they were not thinking about conserving the water they did have. They were unintentionally wasting water in their daily lives by not utilizing it well. Then on World Water Day 2012, a program through Water.org's partner, ESAF, changed that.

The Raipur Branch of ESAF conducted a program for World Water Day on 22nd March 2012 in Kashiram Nagar. People there struggle for water every day. However, people were not thinking about conserving the water they did have. They were unintentionally wasting water in their daily lives by not utilizing it well. Community members of Kashiram Nagar were not aware about conservation of water, before the Water Day program. The intention of the program was to help increase the awareness of people in the community regarding water conservation.

Branch staff from ESAF regularly visit Kashiram Nagar and had observed the current conditions whereby people in the community were not aware of the importance of saving water. The people in Kashiram Nagar hadn’t thought about it much because they were getting the water for free. There were a few government tap connections where water was dripping. Women were seen washing their clothes at the tap, which was running continuously.

For the World Water Day program, ESAF communicated with women in the community about the importance of saving water. The staff shared statistics about how people in the community were wasting water. After the presentation, the women better understood the value of conserving water and they took a pledge to not waste water anymore.

Nevertheless, ESAF knows that their program’s intentions will only be fulfilled when the community implements their pledge in practice. After one week, when staff visited Kashiram Nagar again, they saw some changes already in place. They noted that the people in the community had repaired the tap that once was dripping water. Also, some women were now using buckets while washing clothes and utensils instead of letting the tap run. After seeing that much of change in field, ESAF feels very proud that the intention of the program was accomplished and that this was the first step that the community had taken to save water.


This success story was submitted by Water.org's partner organization ESAF, made possible by a generous grant by the PepsiCo Foundation.

Capital: New Delhi
Population of 1.2 billion
77 million lack access to safe water
769 million lack access to improved sanitation
59% of the total population lives on less than US$2 per day
India