Recharging wells is Vinod’s forte
29-year-old Vinod has been working on recharging wells for almost 11 years. As part of monsoon, he has recharged more than 8000 wells. “There is utmost satisfaction after helping people get pure drinking water. Many people benefit after a well is recharged. This is the reason why I’m continuing this job,” says Eravimangalam Poluvalappil Vinod.
It is necessary for any household to have wells that does not dry up during any season. The best way to store drinking water is to save rain water before summer hits hard. Vinod worked as a plumber during his school days and later in 2008 joined the government project called ‘mazhappolima’. In the beginning, he was not really interested but later when funds started coming, he started focusing on his goal.
He was part of several villages like Arimbur, Venkitangu, Vadanappally, Manaloor, Trikkur, Madakkathara, Chazhoor and Anthikad as part of the project. From 2010 onwards Vinod started recharging wells with the help of his friends. The amount for recharging well is decided after making a list of the needed materials.
If certain funds are kept aside for different government projects, every single person can get almost Rs 8000 as aid. Taking the advice of the director of the project ‘Mazhappolima’ Jose C Rafel, Vinod was able to rectify his imperfections.
Despite his busy schedule, Vinod passed BEd and MA in Economics. Wells only get sufficient amount of water during monsoon and summer rains. There will be sudden changes in the level of underground water if the rain water from the roof reaches the well. The salinity and the quality of water can be increased after rain water is allowed to pass directly into the well, he says.
The wells in the district contain almost 80% of rock contents. Such wells are the best to store water. Recharging of well is beneficial to reduce the salt content from the water.