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Multiple use water systems

Using the landscape to supply communities with water

Poor people living in mountainous areas have to negotiate difficult paths and steep climbs to get to mountain streams, in order to collect a can of water. Yet no matter how many of these hazardous journeys they make, families can never collect enough water for their basic needs.

A Multiple Use Water System uses gravity to provide families with enough water to drink and feed their crops.

Constructed with local materials, this simple technology solves the problem of water being out of reach. This means that, for the first time in their lives, families have enough water, both to drink and to irrigate the crops they need to survive.

Using the power of gravity, a system of pipes carries spring water down into collection tanks in the community. The water is then fed to taps for domestic and agricultural use.

Typically a tap is shared between 3-4 families. As well as providing vital water supplies, this drastically reduces the time and drudgery required to collect water, freeing women and children to focus on productive activities like studying and generating income.

The multi-use water system increases access to water for rural and mountainous communities in Nepal through low-cost technology. This video case study, telling the story of Bima Devi Saud, a resident of Ramaroshan VDC, Achham District, demonstates the impact of the technology, which was introduced as part of Practical Action Nepal's SABAL project.

Constructed with local materials, this simple technology solves the problem of water being out of reach - and helps families lift themselves out of poverty. This means that, for the first time in their lives, families have enough water, both to drink and to irrigate the crops they need to survive.

With your help, we can pipe water to isolated villages. Practical Action have already helped install this simple, effective water system. But there are still so many more families who desperately need the extra water provided by a multiple use water system.

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