What's the challenge? 

Open Sewer runs behind houses in Agra, India

Agra is a city of 1.3 million people, famous for being the home of the Taj Mahal. The city’s water supply is currently dependent on the river Yamuna, which provides a limited supply of polluted, undrinkable water. Those who can afford it purchase bottled water or household filters, whilst people living in one of the city’s 432 slums generally either tap groundwater supplies or depend on private tankers, which bring in water from outside of the city.

Currently, the slums aren't connected to the piped water network, and the groundwater is highly polluted by local industries. Communities in this area depend entirely on water from unregulated private tankers. 

What's FRANK Water doing about it? 

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The project aims to reach 500 households (3000 people) in two particularly marginalised slums with access to a sustainable supply of safe water, along with improved sanitation and drainage. 

Working with NGO Partner CURE India over three years, FRANK Water hopes to revive traditional systems of resource management by combining current techniques, including GIS mapping, water testing and participatory learning and action tools, with traditional knowledge of rainwater harvesting, groundwater recharge and water conservation.  

Where we're up to 

Community Ambassadors Clean a Communal Pond in Slums in Agra

In 2016-17, Cure sought to promote collective action towards rainwater harvesting (RWH). We built and installed two large rainwater harvesting (RWH) units at Tedhi Bagiya School which can store up to 1,15,000 litres. Children at the school have started drinking the water from the RWH and staff have started using rainwater for cooking. The amount of water the school buys from tankers is reduced, saving 2000 Rs per month. A second school, having seen the success has approached Cure for technical help. 

Six households installed their own RWH, taking the total number of households with RWH to 26. 

Thanks to education from the Waste Watch group, 70 households have stopped dumping their rubbish in the communal park.  Seven members of the Waste Watch Group have made an application for funding for toilets from the Government’s Clean India campaign. 

The road that circles the pond has been repaved and raised to prevent flooding and reduce water logging.