“Bringing Clean Water Closer” Rural Water Supply Project (Barangay Dorillo, Jipapad, Eastern Samar)

Dorillo is a barangay in the municipality of Jipapad, in the province of Eastern Samar. Its population as determined by the 2020 Census was 239. This represented 2.83% of the total population of Jipapad. Barangay Dorillo is an 8 kilometer walk from the main town of Jipapad. There are no paved roads for vehicles which leaves walking as the only option to reach the barangay.

Jipapad is a landlocked municipality in the coastal province of Eastern Samar.

Our “Bringing Clean Water Closer” Rural Water Supply Project is dedicated to addressing the critical need for accessible and reliable water sources in a remote rural area where the nearest water source is 1 kilometer away.

This transformative initiative will involve constructing a robust and sustainable water supply system, including pipelines, and distribution points strategically positioned within the community. By reducing the distance to a clean water source, we aim to enhance the quality of life, reduce waterborne diseases, and empower local residents to thrive through improved health and economic opportunities.

Access to clean and reliable water sources is fundamental to human health, sanitation, and economic development. Unfortunately, the current water situation in Barangay Dorillo, Jipapad, Eastern Samar highlights significant challenges that necessitate immediate intervention through our proposed water system project.

As of 2020, there are approximately 60 households in Barangay Dorillo, Jipapad, Eastern Samar who lack access to safe and reliable drinking water sources. This equates to approximately 239 people being forced to rely on unsafe or unreliable water sources, including contaminated wells, and rivers.

Access to clean and reliable water is vital for sustaining rural communities and contributes to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11, which focuses on creating sustainable cities and communities. Here’s how access to water helps sustain a rural community in alignment with SDG 11:

  1. Improved Public Health (SDG 3): Access to clean water helps prevent waterborne diseases, reducing the incidence of illnesses and the burden on healthcare systems in rural areas. This contributes to improved public health, an important aspect of SDG 3 on good health and well-being.
  2. Sanitation and Hygiene (SDG 6): Reliable access to water allows rural communities to maintain proper sanitation facilities and practice good hygiene. This reduces environmental pollution, prevents the spread of disease, and aligns with SDG 6 on clean water and sanitation.
  3. Economic Opportunities (SDG 8): Access to water supports agriculture, the primary livelihood of many rural communities. It enables irrigation, leading to increased crop yields and economic opportunities, contributing to SDG 8 on decent work and economic growth.
  4. Food Security (SDG 2): Access to water for agriculture is essential for food security. Rural communities with reliable water sources can grow more food, reducing food scarcity and aligning with SDG 2 on zero hunger.
  5. Gender Equality (SDG 5): Women and girls in rural communities often bear the responsibility of fetching water. When water is more accessible, it reduces the time and effort required for this task, allowing women and girls to engage in education, income-generating activities, and community decision-making, promoting gender equality in line with SDG 5.
  6. Community Resilience (SDG 13): Reliable access to water contributes to community resilience by ensuring a stable supply during droughts or emergencies. This aligns with SDG 13 on climate action and disaster resilience.
  7. Environmental Sustainability (SDG 15): Sustainable access to water includes responsible management of water resources, such as conserving water and protecting water sources. This promotes the long-term sustainability of rural ecosystems and supports SDG 15 on life on land.
  8. Community Cohesion: Access to water often requires communities to work together to manage and maintain water sources, fostering a sense of unity, cooperation, and community empowerment.
  9. Rural Development (SDG 9): Access to water is a fundamental element in rural development. It supports the creation of rural infrastructure, improving transportation, and access to markets, which is integral to SDG 9 on industry, innovation, and infrastructure.
  10. Quality of Life (SDG 1 and 9): Sustainable access to water enhances the overall quality of life in rural communities by providing clean water for drinking, agriculture, and other essential needs. This relates to SDG 1 on no poverty and SDG 9 on industry, innovation, and infrastructure.
  11. Reducing Inequalities (SDG 10): Access to water can reduce inequalities by ensuring that marginalized and underserved populations in rural areas have equal access to clean water and sanitation, which aligns with the goal of reducing inequalities within communities.