This Incredible Innovation Is Lifting a Huge Weight off Women’s Shoulders in Maharashtra’s Villages

The day-to-day life of Lakshmibai Neel from Porgaon village in Aurangabad was full of tedious household chores. The homemaker of a family of six, she’d get to work right from daybreak and would only rest her aching back close to midnight.

One of the most important and equally toiling chore was fetching water from the nearest well, which was over 5 miles from her house, in steel pots that she’d carry over her head and on her waist. At least 10 to 20 litres of water was required for the household and that would mean at least four to five trips to the well. She’d spend three to four hours and an incredible amount of energy to fulfil the most basic of needs- water.

Water wheel, a cylindrical drum, can hold over 45 litres of water and can be rolled on the ground, eliminating the physical strain of carrying water containers.