What goes into a water project exactly?

A lot of time and effort – and great concern for each and every human person we serve. Each water project is unique, but here are some factors to consider:

Construction and Equipment. The bulk of funds cover construction costs (like drilling) and equipment costs (like piping, pumps, etc…) Often fuel and well casings are the largest single expenses in a given project.

Partner Costs. For international projects. Compensates the in-country team and supports their families and their local economy. Some of this cost is often covered by the partner and their donors.

Program Support Costs. Covers housing and travel for the planning crew, site visits for health assessments and community-building, meetings with regulatory agencies, and research costs.

Sanitation Training. Part hardware and part software. In addition to investing time and equipment into latrines, hand washing stations and school bathrooms, DIGDEEP gives local communities the training they need to ensure that their water source will stay clean and protected for generations.

Hygiene Training. Access to water can cut disease rates by about 20%. When combined with adequate sanitation facilities and basic hygiene education, however, that number can more than double. Hygiene is about avoiding disease by changing behavior – including body cleanliness, hand washing, and food cleaning / storage.

Human Rights Awareness. Communities are empowered to claim and protect their rights in the future. Our activities help create basic mechanisms for rule of law (like water councils) and build awareness around location-specific human rights-based entitlements.

Information Collection and Reporting. Whether the data is coming from partner staff, DIGDEEP or independent photographers and journalists, this covers the time and equipment used to report on a water project to its supporters.

Monitoring and Maintenance. Covers the cost of equipping a community to care for their own water source. Some funds are used to visit project sites or assist communities with repairs that they are unable to cover themselves.

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