To date, lack of water in rural communities in Nusa Tenggara Timur has meant that women, men and children spend much time each day fetching water for daily use and there is no spare water for animals, household vegetable production, or other productive purposes. Due to a lack of clean water and sanitation, people’s health can be compromised, which further limits the time that children might spend at school or adults might spend earning income.
The NTA assists with the provision of 15 000 litre water tanks and toilets to improve household hygiene, reduce the time burden spent on water collection, and make some water available for animals and vegetables. Beneficiaries help to build these tanks themselves under the tutelage of local experts employed by NTA and using locally purchased materials, ensuring a real sense of community ownership. Over the 2012-13 financial year NTA helped establish 117 water tanks, all of which are now operational.