Drinking Water & Sanitation


The Drinking Water & Sanitation wing of Public Works Department, Government of Tripura is responsible to provide adequate & sustainable drinking water supply in each household and also to ensure better sanitation system through NBA in the State.

The main objective of the department is to enhance quality of life of the people by providing sustainable safe water and sanitationfacilities and services along with promoting hyiegene practices among the people.




 Water Supply:

PWD (DWS) has set the objective of providing safe and adequate drinking water to all households in all the habitations without loosing much time. For this purpose a range of schemes to tap both surface and ground water are under implementation which     include, surface water treatment plants, deep tube wells small bore tube wells, spot sources like ordinary hand pump(OHP), mark-II/III, RCC well, sanitary well, masonry well etc. The excessive iron content in ground water poses a major challenge to water supply    system in Tripura. The department has give priority to install iron removal plants with all deep tubewels.As on April 1, 2016 out of 8723 habitations, 4980 habitations were fully covered and 3743 habitations were partially covered. 




Rural Sanitation

 Swacch Bharat Mission (SBM/G) earlier known as Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) is a comprehensive programme to ensure sanitation facilities  in rural areas with broader goal to eradicate the practice of open defecation. NBA as a part of reform principles was initiated in 1999 when Central Rural Sanitation Programme was restructured making it demand driven and people centered. It follows a principle of "low to no subsidy"  where a nominal subsidy in the form of incentive is given to rural poor households for construction of toilets.  SBM gives strong emphasis on  Information, Education and Communication (IEC), Capacity Building and Hygiene Education for effective behaviour change with involvement of PRIs, CBOs, and NGOs etc. The key intervention areas are Individual household latrines (IHHL), School Sanitation and Hygiene Education (SSHE),Community Sanitary Complex, Anganwadi toilets supported by Rural Sanitary Marts (RSMs) and Production Centers (PCs). The main goal is to eradicate the practice of open defecation by 2017. To give fillip to this endeavor, GOI has launched Nirmal Gram Puraskar to recognize the efforts   in terms of cash awards for fully covered PRIs and those individuals and institutions who have contributed significantly in ensuring full sanitation coverage in their area of operation. The project is being implemented in rural areas taking district as a unit of implementation.