Fetching water is women’s responsibility in villages of Peth tehsil
Nashik: The women in most villages in Ambapur to Bejawad in Kumbhale-Savarne ghat in Peth tehsil have to toil hard to get a pot full of water. It is considered their responsibility to fetch it. They have to draw water from wells at a far distance and have to make many trips throughout the entire day to fetch it home.
Wells in some villages have gone dry. Little children aging 4-5 years as well as pregnant women are seen fetching the water. This is a common scene in these villages. The population of Ambapur village is around 2000-2500. There is a lone well in the village and has not sufficient water in it.
The water is brought to this well by a pipeline from Khambale percolation tank. After putting the water into the well by the pipeline, it is over within some hours. Considering this, women have dug up small trenches on the slope of a hill. After the water is accumulated in them, women fill up the pots with water using a small glass. Women cover the trenches with pieces of cloth.
The woman who put the cloth first has a first right over the water. Women in Ambapur village wake up around 2 am to cover the trenches with cloth pieces to get the water first. This is a daily routine for them. Those women who fail to get the water have to pay Rs. 3 per pot of water.
The story of Zari village in Kumbhare-Savarne ghat is different. The village has two wells. Though one well is dry, it has some water which is pure. However, one has to stop for a half-an-hour minimum to get water.
A woman who reaches there then has to wait for an accumulation of water. When Deshdoot team reached there, it found a small girl ageing 4-5 years was drawing the water from the well, using a small plastic can. Another girl who is elder than this girl was drawing the water by plastic can having a capacity of half a litre and her grandmother was putting this water into a vessel.
Another well in the village has sufficient water, but it is impure. However, villagers have no option than using this water for drinking and other purposes. Nar and Par rivers are at a few distances from the village, but a well near the river bed has gone dry.
The story of most villages in the area is the same. Women in these villages have accepted it as their daily routine.
“Our situation is never changed. How will we live without water? If we do not fetch water, who will fetch it then? Water is a primary need of family members and pets”, reacted the women helplessly.