Problem StatementRiver Um-Iew is one of the most important rivers in the East Khasi Hills district of meghalaya. It is the main source of drinking water for thousands of households in Shillong as well as the villages in the upstream area. The Dam which supplies drinking water to Shillong was built on this river ( The Greater Shillong Water Supply). Of late, there have been a number of problems cropping up in the upstream area.
- The number of households in the villages increases and the Army cantonment increases manifold, and along with them, pollution. Many households in the villages still use open pit latrine or flush straight to the drain, which in rainy season will be carried away.
- The construction boom in Shillong causes a lot of misery for the people upstream. A large stretch of river is gone and siltation has gone up. This has diminished a major portion of the fauna and aqua life forms along the river.
- Over exploitation of the river by the nearby habitants also adds to the pollution of the river. All kind of solid and liquid wastes are dumped in the river
- Vehicles are cleaned directly in the river.
- All domestic waste are dumped into the river.
Aim of Project
- Building and Strengthening the Save River Campaign movement starting with the river Um-Iew by involving the traditional chiefs & the village councils at one level and the Youth clubs, the Women's Society & the Church at another level.
- To advocate and lobby with the Government and other stake holders to regulate sand mining along the river.
- To advocate for the strong protection of catchment area.
- Fostering an awareness of water as a scare resources and its conservation as an important principle.
- Looking for ways and mean to initiate the PES ( Pay for Environment Services) approach
LocationVillages : Mylliem Um-Iew, Nongkrem, Umphrup, Smit, Umtngew, Um-iew Maw –U- Sam, Thangsning, Laitlyngkot, Umtngar, Mylliem Bah.
East Khasi hills District of Meghalaya
- Advocacy /Lobbying Programme
- Workshop & seminar
- Building and strengthening the Save river Campaign
- Organising meetings with various Primary and Secondary stake holders of the community.
- Through this initiative sand mining will be regulate by the traditional chief and by the government. Moreover the involvement of the community in the whole movement will ensure that siltation along the river will not take place.
- Through the movement the traditional chief & the village headman will pass a decree asking all house hold not to release the human waste to the near by stream but to dig a pit or make a septic tank.
- The movement will bring together community from various villages for a cause.
- This movement will have a rippling effect and soon many villages or group will start the same.
- The river will regain its lost glory.