Although supplied with water by pure gravity,the Raile Water Project is a most complex one. Their water comes from 2 springs, leech spring (named for obvious reasons) and temple spring named after a nearby Hindu temple. There is a water chamber at the temple spring but another chamber needs building at the leech site.
Pipes lead downhill for the first kilometer from the 2 springs and come together in a duct which passes through a col with an 11 foot deep trench. At present the 2 pipes lead down to a leaking tank by the side of the road and the aim is to build a 30,000 litre rectangular replacement tank with a standtap about 60 metres above the community centre. This standtap would then be able to supply water to 8 houses above the community centre.
One tapstand is foreseen above the road and two below the road to supply the main village centre. A further tapstand would be situated about 500 m from the village centre and this will supply water to another 7 houses. At present people living there go downhill to a spring which they share with 3 other villages, Barkhola, Kharkdaguan and Payswara. Water takes a long time to collect here as sometimes there is a queue of up to 50 people.
In the dry season, people in the main village have to fetch their water from the neighboring village of Chahara, for which they pay 100 rupees a month.There is a heavy demand on the spring resulting in considerable queues.
The distance from the top spring to the proposed tank will be roughly 1km with a height drop of about 100 metres. From the tank to the lowest standtap is a further 100 m drop and at least 800 metres of pipe will be needed to supply all 4 tapstands. Raile is a relatively large village,consisting of 50 houses and a population of 350 people. The cost of the project is estimated at between £3500 and £4000.
In 2014 the new concrete collecting chambers at the two springs had been built. We saw how that to bring the water to the village they had dug a cutting into the hill at the col. The water tank was an extremely solid well built 30 000 litre stone tank and the five taps were distributed throughout the village. The costing had come out on budget. The materials and skilled labour were paid for by Portland and Casterbridge Rotary clubs and the OVT with work completed in 2014. The villagers themselves had carried out all the construction work.