The Suvarna Jala Yojana was launched in Karnataka in order to provide safe drinking water in schools. Arghyam conducted a study on the efficacy of the scheme and made several recommendations to the state government. In 2007-2008, Arghyam also facilitated a network of rainwater harvesting (RWH) experts and grass-roots organisations to create model schools, which demonstrated best practices, for RWH and sanitation in the 7 districts. Thus in 17 schools, a combination of building new RWH structures, renovating the structures constructed under the Suvarna Jala Yojana and providing/improving sanitation facilities was carried out. An evaluation of these model schools was carried out in late 2009.
This report captures the learnings from the evaluation and provides insights into the reasons for success and failure of the interventions and best practices for setting up such systems. Click here to read the report.