VTT to Study Water Management





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Project Description

Region: Asia

Country: India

Location: Nasik

Total Budget: $33,093

Area of Focus: Water and sanitation

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The purpose of the Vocational Training Team exchange is to study water management needs in the Tribal Regions of Nasik where water as a natural resource is plentiful in the monsoon season, tribal families lack the means to capture the water and store it for use throughout the dry season.

Recognizing that in Texas, whose climate and geography are similar to that of the Nasik region, members of a team from Nasik, India can benefit by studying techniques Texas engineers and water management experts have developed. Conversely, a team from Texas can work closely with Nasik RC representatives in identifying best locations and practices for capturing the water during the monsoon season, storing the water and ultimately arranging to transport that water to needed locations for drinking, hygiene and irrigation of crops.

Members of the Rotary Club of Nasik and a member of the Lewisville Morning RC in Texas, have performed a needs analysis in the areas Peth, Surgana, Trimbakeshwar and Igatpuri in Nashik district. Rotarians visited these areas, spoke to tribal leaders and learned where their water management efforts can most benefit these people.,


As is the case with most parts of our country with hilly terrain, the case of almost all villages in some talukas such as Peth, Surgana, Trimbakeshwar and Igatpuri in Nashik district, is very peculiar. In these areas, there is very heavy rainfall in the monsoon season, but due to the terrain and geological strata, all this precious rainwater flows off to the low lying areas and in some cases in the neighboring state. In spite of the heavy rainfall, these villages are left high & dry with no water left for even drinking purpose, let alone farming, etc. in the periods of summer season. As there is no water for farming or any other activity there is no work left for the youth & other earning members of these villages. Hence they migrate to the cities in the vicinity to earn a living. Such is the effect of scarcity of water, migration is common in these areas and the villages are left only with the live stalk animals and older people to look after these animals.

Approximately 28% of the Nasik regional population of 6.5 million inhabitants live in these tribal regions.

Hence approximately 1.8 million inhabitants live a life of poverty driven by lack of water. The needs analysis performed indicate that a focus on the area of water management techniques in the villages of Peth Taluka which has a severe problem of water scarcity in summers as discussed earlier. Zeroing in on a smaller area, which is around 75 kms from Nashik, we focussed on a small cluster of around six villages called Kalampada, Lavhali, Sadadpada, Ranvihir, Kelvihir and Khokartale for working on water conservation. Also another village called Zari was selected.

Tentative projects were discussed that involved erecting check dams in specific areas. It is our intention to adopt the techniques and observations of similar albeit larger projects done in the Texas area and apply those best practices in the villages listed above.

We plan to have a team of 8 participants inbound from Nasik region and 7 participants outbound to evaluate the areas being considered.

Primary Host Partner

District: 3030

Rotary Club of: Nasik

Primary Contact: Ravi.Mahadeokar

Email: ravi.mahadeokar@summitengineers.net

Primary International Partner

District: 5790

Rotary Club of: Lewisville (Morning)

Primary Contact: Carolyn Wright

Email: itspippy@gmail.com

Project Status

This project is "Approved". This means the application has been approved by The Rotary Foundation, and the project is ready for implementation.

Project listed for the 2016-17 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #1744969.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Lewisville (Morning) (5790)





Nasik (3030)





Arlington (Sunrise) (5790)





Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation






DDF contributions in grey are pending approval of the corresponding district committee.

Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

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History Log Entries


by John Pokorny

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Christopher J Mclucas

System Entry: Pledge of $179 by Christopher J Mclucas of the Rotary Club of Arlington (Sunrise), District 5790.


by Christopher J Mclucas

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by Sharron Miles

System Entry: Application Sent to The Rotary Foundation through Member Access.


by Sharron Miles

System Entry: Application approved by The Rotary Foundation.


by John Pokorny

On 29 March 2017 The Rotary Foundation Grant #GG1744969 was submitted to TRF for approval of TRF Funds. Pending approval by TRF, the 6 members of the Lewisville Morning Rotary Club VTT team will be leaving DFW for India on 17 May 2017 and returning 31 May 2017. The VTT Team representing the RC of Nasik will be leaving India 16 June 2017 and returning 30 June 2017.


by Sharron Miles

This has been dropped by RI due to stewardship issues in India


by Sharron Miles

Dear All,

This is known to all concerned that this VTT has been cancelled and it will not happen in near future also as per mail from RI. There is no physical disbursement of payment against this grant.

When I try to log on with the web site for cancellation, I am unable to do so. In the circumstances I urge the administrator of this web site to help me in cancellation.


Rtn.Ravi Mahadeokar.

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