Foot Prints of Himmotthan over a decade

Improving community health through drinking water supply and sanitation is one of the key focus areas of the Himmotthan Society, and has carried out several projects within this initiative since 2002. The drinking water supply and sanitation (WATSAN) projects, with an added focus on hygiene, are being implemented through village based water and sanitation committees, which plan, design, implement and manage their own schemes. Since (Oct 2002 to January 2015) three Phases have been successfully completed, covered 129 villages, benefiting 7,000 household comprising 46,794 beneficiaries. A total of 200 drinking water schemes, 573 Rain Water Harvesting Structures (RWHS) and 5,000 sanitation units were constructed.

The projects were implemented through five not for profit organizations, Himmotthan Society and an external agency had provided all technical inputs and monitored the quality while implementation. At each level village level capacity is being built for future Operation and Maintenance of the water schemes.  


A community based participatory approach towards the Operations & Maintenance (O&M) of the water supply schemes is the hallmark of WATSAN projects. The villagers contribute around 10% of the capital cost (Capex) giving them a sense of ownership in the projects. Subsequently, as part of established exit policies (once the Trusts’ support ceases), all assets created under the project are handed over to the Village Management Society (VMS) for future maintenance, so as to ensure long term sustainability of the investments. The VMS met 100% operation costs (Opex) and appoints a Village Maintenance Worker (VMW) to look after the scheme and each household pays a monthly charge (varying from Rs. 15 to Rs. 30) to the VMS for maintenance of the scheme, salary of the VMW, necessary repairs and insurance against natural calamities. On an average, more than 90% of the households are prompt and regular in paying such maintenance charges. The individual toilets built under the project are maintained by the households themselves.

Impact observed: With the aim of assessing the sustainability of the interventions in 90 villages covered under the first two PHASES, two to five years post cessation of support, the Trusts undertook a long term impact assessment exercise, through a sample size of 455 households spread over 30 villages of Garhwal and Kumaon regions[1]. In a nutshell, against the key baseline indicators, the following were observed:

[1]Knowledge Links Pvt. Ltd. (a Delhi based consultancy that specializes in urban and rural infrastructure development) was entrusted to carry out this assessment during September–October 2012

Himmotthan Head Office

193, Vasant Vihar, Phase-2

Behind Shri Guru Ram Rai Public School


Uttarakhand, India - 248006

Contact Number : (0135)- 2760728, 2761796

Himmotthan WATSAN Office

41, Vasant Vihar, Phase-2


Uttarakhand, India - 248006

Contact Number : (0135)- 2762966

Himmotthan Regional Offices
1. Kumaun Region-Almora

(Mohalla Talla Galli, Jakhan Devi, Almora, Uttarakhand India, 263609)

2. Garhwal Region Office- Chamoli

Near Petrol Pump, Gopeshwar,District Chamoli, Uttarakhand, India

3. Garhwal Region Office- Jadipani

Gram Saud, Jadipani, Chamba Block, District Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India

4. Himmotthan Society/Tata Trusts PMU Leh

C/o Advocate Otsal Wangdus near Postal Colony
Housing Colony Leh - 194101 (Ladakh), India
Tel: 01982-253553

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