Drinking Water Resources Management through formation of User Groups
Drinking Water Resources Management through formation of User Groups
Until recently, Nubi gewog in Trongsa dzongkhag has had no major problem of water sources due to good intact forest cover (water sources) and undisturbed catchment areas. However, there is an indication of the drying up of small drinking water sources and the volume of water flowing from some sources have been in decreasing. The increase in population has accelerated an excessive use of forests resources from the areas. Thus, the drinking/irrigation water source areas in near future may completely dry if appropriate measures are not put in place at the right time. If appropriate mitigation measures are not taken, there will be negative impact on the quantity and quality of the drinking/irrigation water resources. Further it has become crucial at this point in time to build up the capacity of the local people through creating awareness and institutional visits to other places on the importance of the conservation and management of drinking water sources (sub-catchment areas).
The project “Drinking Water Resources Management through formation of User Groups’’ at the gewog was felt necessary and was carried out in coordination and with Nub Choe Taoe Thungchu Zinchong Tshogpa, a community based group. The objective of the project was to improve the supply of water for both drinking and irrigation purposes and as well put in mitigation measures to protect water source areas thus, protecting natural environment and ensuring sustainable use of natural resources.
The project brought fifteen number of water sources and water catchment areas measuring covering 56.60acreas were brought under proper protection and management and in addition, 3 acres of orchid vegetation at Simphu too was brought under protection. These huge volume of water source protection has ensured the supply of huge volume of safe drinking water to 216 households of the gewogs and also, it will reduce risk of loss of biodiversity and degradation of land in those areas
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Project Snapshot

Nub-Choe Toae Thungchu Zinchong Tshogpa
Area Of Work:
International Waters
Grant Amount:
US$ 21,800.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 24,100.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Project sustainability
High Sustainability: The water sources and water catchment areas are sustainably protected. Also, our beneficiaries were directly involved in implementation of project activities thus ensuring ownership to the project.
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Mr. Tenzin Wangchuk
Mr. Tshering Phuntsho
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