Safe Disaster-Resilient Drinking Water to Floods and Drought Prone Areas in Sri Lanka

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Project Areas Badulla and Moneragala District in Uva Province Kilinochchi and Mulativu District in North Province
Duration1st October 2016 to 30th September 2021
Funded byUnited States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Project Cost$ 999,966 as USAID’s contribution
Or except to add $ 256,646 LRWHF, PALM and Community Contribution
Project ObjectiveTo promote rainwater harvesting systems as a practical, disaster resilient water supply option for dry zone areas by demonstration and building capacity of officials, professionals, community and school children on rain water harvesting and ground water recharging technology.

Objective 1: Demonstrate and provide disaster-resilient water supplies to vulnerable communities in war affected and dry zone areas of Sri Lanka

Objective 2: Build capacity of officials, professional and communities on rain water harvesting technology to influence the policies and practises of flood and drought management
Project ActivitiesObjective I
  • Construction of 48 + 40 Demonstration rain water harvesting systems (storage and/or recharge) in rural schools
  • Establishment of RWH and home gardening project through School children

  • Water Quizzes at schools

  • Establishment of 10 demonstration RWH system in Rural hospitals/ Medical Clinic
  • Construction of 360 +508 Domestic Rain Water Harvesting Systems

  • Rehabilitate disused 200 RWH systems in the project areas

  • Establish 200 well recharging facilities at the households

  • Set up mobile 09 O&M units

Objective II

  • Build Capacity of Officials and Professionals on Rain water harvesting technology

  • Establishing the training facilities of the Rain Center

  • Workshop for provincial council ministers/members

  • Training program for local authority officials, planning officers and development officers in each district
  • Training program for professionals

  • Establish a pool of technical experts on rainwater harvesting

  • Build capacity of community and school children to reduce the Risk of Disaster through establish Mobile Weather Stations in 4 schools

  • Research & Development

    • Monitoring Ground Water Recharging

    • Water level Indicator for RWH tanks

    • Survey of existing RWH systems in other districts:

    • Develop a web based rain water harvesting calculator

  • Networking and Dissemination of Information
    • Publication: leaflets, posters and visibility boards

    • Short film competition on DRR through RWH

    • Press Conference on National conference

    • National/ Regional/ International Conference

    • Supporting Regional rainwater harvesting Network

    • Promotional materials on rainwater harvesting for professionals, stakeholders school children and community

      • Operation and maintenance booklets

      • Web update and Success Stories E-book

      • A booklet on different RWHS and practices

      • School wall art competition

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