Progress Year 5

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Objective I 

Construction of 20 demonstration rain water harvesting systems (storage and/or recharge) in rural schools.

35 schools were visited in Kilinochchi, Badulla and Moneragala district, 13 schools in Mulativu district data collected over the telephone and assessed for selection. 20 Schools were selected to provide 30,000 L RWHS.

21 awareness programs were conducted at 20 schools in Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Badulla, and Moneragala Districts

20×30,000 L RWHS constructions completed at schools . Each system consisting of Ferro cement tank, gutters first flush system, filters, and taps . 7912 students and teachers (4098 female, 3814 male) will receive safe drinking water source through RWHS.

  • Badulla District & Moneragala District
    • B/Ampitiya Maha Vidyalaya >MO/Darmavijaya Maha Vidyalaya
    • B/Bharathy Maha Vidyalaya > MO/Hidikula K Vidyalaya
    • B/Uvaparanagama.M.Vidyalaya > MO/Hulandawa right Maha Vidyalaya
    • B/Galahagama Darmaraja Maha Vidyalaya > MO/Kodayana K Vidyalaya
    • B/Pragnasena M Vidyalaya RWHS > MO/
  • Kilinochchi District & Mulativu District
    • K/ Ramanathapuram East GTMS >MU/Pandaravanniyan Maha Vidyalaya
    • K/ Ramanathapuram Maha Vidyalaya >MU/Muththayankaddu R.B. Maha Vidyalaya
    • KN/Skandapuram No-2 GTMS > MU/Koddaikadiyakulam Maha Vidyalaya
    • KN/Vinasiyodai Maha Vidyalayam >MU/Yogapuram Maha Vidyalayam
    • KN/Sivapathakalayakam GTMS > MU/Kumarasami Vidyalayam

20 O&M   training programs conducted in Kilinochchi and Mulativu. 297 students and teachers participated.

School children RWH and home gardening project at their homes

06 Workshops on home gardening conducted in Kilinochchi Districts. 62 (26 male, 36 female) students were trained on how to
setup home garden and its management.

45 school students have started growing Brinjal, Chilli, Tomato, Beans, Guava and Tapioca, Long beans, Guava , Aloe vera, Gotukola, Tapioca , Chili, Drumstick, Brinjal, Sweet potato, Lady’s finger, White pumpkin, Pumpkin, Turmeric, Pineapple, Bitter gourd , Pomegranate , Ginger,Well penalla, Kowpi, Mung beans,cucumber, Turkey berry and Banana plants at their home premises

4 best home gardens were selected out of 11 home gardens established in Moneragala and Badulla District

Water Quiz

Water quiz Round 1 conducted in 27 schools in Badulla, Monaragala Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi Districts. 3535 students
participated water quiz program, their knowledge on water and environment been tested.

Construction of 228 Domestic Rain Water Harvesting Systems

08 1stawareness program were conducted to aware the community and 03 2nd awareness programs were conducted at Badulla, Moneragala and Kilinochchi Districts for selected beneficiaries. 206 Applications received and 76 households were selected from Vatavana,Thalangamuva village , Mahiyangana DSD . 133 Applications received and households were 76 selected from GNS , Wallawaya
DSD and Siyambalanduwa DSD. 111 applications received and 76 household beneficiaries were selected at Konavil East GND,Karachchi DSD.

236 x 8,000 L RWHS constructions were completed, each system consisting of Ferro cement tank, gutters, first flush system, filter and
tap.236 households ( 509 male,523  female) total 1032 beneficiaries will have access for clean drinking water

54 O & M training programs were conducted in Moneragala, Badulla and Kilinochchi District. 124 beneficiaries were trained on O&M of RWHS.

Financing HH RWH systems through loan scheme

Discussed with Samurdi Bank, Manager, Soranathota, Badulla , HNB bank, Head office , Vision Fund-Lanka, with North Development Cooperative bank on introducing financial scheme for RWH

100 well water recharge systems

109 separate wells recharge Systems completed at Kilinochchi, Moneragala and Badulla District. 860 ( 425  male, 435   female) people will benefit from improved well  water levels

Set up mobile operation and maintainer’s unit

7 households were visited, and 02 repairs were done at Musarenpeti village, Kilinochchi District. 16 masons are nominated for NVQ training program in Badulla and Moneragala

Establish a pool of technical experts on RWH

04 RWH project proposals developed in 4 locations.

  1. RWHS for toilet use at State Printing Cooperation, Godagama
  2. RWHS for gardening use at Dr Priyani Amerasingh’sresidence at Thalawathugoda
  3. RWHS installation is ongoing at elder’s home in Pannipitiya
  4. NBRO group visited Wijaya Group Printers at Hokkandara on 12/01/2021.RWH for solar panel cleaning and toilet use at Wijaya Group Printers at Hokkandara was proposed

Research and Development – Groundwater recharge

24 recharge wells in Badulla, Moneragala, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu monitored its Wells water quality on pH, TDS and EC measured and well water levels are monitored twice a month.

Research and Development – Survey of existing RWH systems in other districts

15 Districts have selected for RWHS survey. They are as Ampara, Badulla, Batticaloa, Hambantota, Galle, Jaffna, Kaluthara, Kandy, Kegalle, Kilinochchi, Matale, Matara, Nuwaraeliya, Moneragla and Rathnapura District. Data collection  688 locations with RWHS and 22 non RWH users visited.

Develop a web based rainwater harvesting calculator

Spread sheet basis RWH and web basis calculator is designed using Oracle database. This calculator contains four types of calculations.

  1. Demand Based Calculation
  2. Yield Based Calculation
  3. Feasibility of Proposed tank
  4. Cost estimate for RRWHS

Networking and Dissemination of Information – Supporting Regional RWH Network

Social media pages – FaceBook, Instagram and LinkedIn launched.
Facebook -52 posts posted and 98 followers
Instagram – 04 posts posted LinkedIn – 138 posts posted and 207 followers
Twitter-37 posts posted and 20 following
YouTube – 13 videos and 32 subscribes
SARNET web – Through the members corner page members have started to interact to discuss 04 topics related to water.

06 webinar on “Rainwater harvesting as an adaptation mechanism for climate change and the looming water crisis were conducted via zoom.

04 steering committee meetings were held to bring the inputs of SARNET members and spread awareness about the inaugural conference organised by SARNET. All meetings had participation of the identified members from Sri Lanka, India,Pakistan,Nepal and Bangladesh

The South Asia Rainwater Harvesting Network (SARNET) inaugural virtual conference, “Looming Water
Crisis and Climate Change in South Asia: Rainwater Harvesting as an Adaptation Strategy,” held on 14-16 September 2021. Over 500 participants consisting of professionals from the water sector development practitioners, academics, activists, government representatives, UN organizational representatives, journalists across South Asia, Europe and Africa attended this conference.

The SARNET planning meeting was attended by 27 SARNET members from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal held on 16/10/2021. The meeting comprised academics, policymakers, practitioners, and enthusiasts of rainwater harvesting. Recommendations were given related to networking, fundraising, knowledge sharing, and advocacy plans for SARNET.

Networking and Dissemination of Information – Establish Resource Centres

Networking and Dissemination of Information – Publication Materials

Translated the success stories ” Voice of RWH Users to Sinhala and Tamil

Networking and Dissemination of Information -School wall art competition

320 drawings received for the wall art competition from Badulla, Moneragala, Mulativu and Kilinochchi districts .The selected drawings are painted by following students 1. W M S Sudesha Rabukalla, Grade 9, B/Maliyadda M Vidyalaya 2. D M Akila Chamod Grade 8, B/Kandagola ampitiya M Vidyalaye 3. N A Rashmi Thejani, Grade 9 , Mo/Siyabalanduva M Vidayalye 4. K Darnayanthi, Grade 11, Kn/Kranchichi GTM School 5. J Pavusrin Raj , Grade 12, Kn/Ramanathapuram East GTM school.