Project to Implement Rain Water Harvesting in Tsunami Affected Areas of the Ampara District

Project AreaPhase 1: Periyanilaweli and Marathamunai areas
Phase 2: Sengamuwa in Pottuwil area
Phase 3: Pottuwil area
DurationPhase 1: 18th October 2005 - 30th November 2006
Phase 2: November 2006 - March 2007 (5 Months)
Phase 3: May 2007 - August 2007
Funded byNWSDB/ DANIDA Tsunami Water project.
ObjectivePhase 1: The objectives of the project is to demonstrate and implement rainwater harvesting (RWH) systems in selected tsunami affected areas of Ampara District to be incorporated in reconstruction and rehabilitation process of the tsunami effected area.
Phase 2: The objectives of this project is to improve the domestic water supply to households effected by tsunami in Sengamuwa, Pottuvil Divisional Secretariat through introduction of rain water harvesting (RWH) systems.
Phase 3: The objectives of this project is to improve the domestic water supply to households effected by tsunami in Pottuvil area through introduction of rain water harvesting (RWH) systems.

Outputs of the Project

Phase 1

 ComponentExpected OutputOutputs (as on 30th 2006- Completion)
1Awareness created of on RWH technology, through awareness programmes.Government officials, public and schools4 programmes carried out

Periyanilaweli and Marathamunai for the community
Chevalakadai for community
For NGOs in Feb. 2006
Exhibition held at Wesly High School, Kalmuanai
2Establishment of demonstration RWH systems10 systems in schools/ hospitals/ households10 demonstration RWH systems were completed in Periyaneelavani (5), Marathaminai (2) and Kalmunai (3) areas.
3RWH systems established (Due to long dry period of the year, 8 m 3 RWH tanks will be constructed)200 RWH systems in households in Periyanilaweli and Marathamunai areas200 numbers of 8m 3 RWH systems were completed in individual households as expected. These are located in  Periyaneelavani (96), Chavalakadai (49), Pandirippu (26), Marathamuani (21) and Kalmunai (8).
4Operation and maintenance (O&M) training.Selected 200 households where the RWH systems are established are trained in O&M.Members of each households were trained in O&M of the system and a instruction leaflet as well as a Calendar containing O&M pictures were given  each households constructed with a rain water harvesting tank.
5Mason trainingnot includedEight masons from the area were trained during the period.
6NetworkingNetwork set up linking government agencies with local NGO, community based organisations and community for sharing informationInitial steps are taken for networking government officials, organizations, religious leaders and NGOs working in the area, specially regarding the site selections.

Phase 2

 ComponentExpected OutputOutputs (as on May 2007- Completion)
1Awareness created of on RWH technology, through awareness programmes.Officials of government and non-government organizations, public and schools.Awareness programmes carried out in Sengamuwa (04/01/2007), Kundumadu (08-03-2007) and  Hidayapuram
Calendars ( with O&M maintenance instruction) and umbrella’s were printed to promote the RWH technology.
2Establishment of demonstration RWH systemsnot included.
3RWH systems established (Due to long dry period of the year, 8 m 3 Ferrocement RWH tanks will be constructed)83 RWH systems in households in the Sengamuwa, Pottuvil122 RWH systems were  completed in individual households at Sengamuwa and Kundumadu
4 common tanks were built in Hidayapuram Sengamuwa and Kundumadu
4Operation and maintenance (O&M) training.83 households where the RWH systems are established are trained in O&M.Members of each households  were trained in O&M of the system. An instruction leaflet and a Calendar containing O&M pictures were given.
5Mason trainingTen masons trained from the area4 youth were trained on the construction of RWH tanks
6NetworkingNetwork set up linking government agencies with local NGO, community based organisations and community for sharing informationDiscussions were held with NWS&DB staff, Divisional Secretaries of Pottuvil and  with organizations, religious leaders and NGO’s working in the areas

Phase 3

 ComponentExpected OutputOutputs (as on 30th 2006- Completion)
1Networking Consultations and discussions held with various officialsWith the officials of NWS&DB officials to identify the locations
With Divisional secretary Office, Potuvil to identify the beneficiaries
With Discussions were held organizations, religious leaders and NGO’s working
2Awareness program, and consultationAwareness program to community
Publications and Visibility
Awareness programs were conducted in each village and at 4 schools.
A poster campaign was organized among students of 4 schools in Kalmunai and Potuvil and the best 5 posters were given prizes
Caps and Umbrella’s with a message to promote the RWH technology were distributed to masons and other key stakeholders
3RWH systems established (8 m 3 Ferro-cement RWH tanks)- 55 RWH systems constructed 53 RWH systems were constructed at 52 households of Hithayapuram and Kundumadu and 1 at Ak/ G.T.M.S School. (The number of RWH systems were reduced due to the rise in cost of materials)
4Operation and maintenance (O&M) training- Members of each  households where the RWH systems are established are trained in O&M.Members of each households  were trained in O&M of the system and a instruction leaflet as well as a Calendar
5Mason training- On the job training for masons2 youth in the area on the construction of RWH tanks
Meetings were held for the pool of trained masons to update on improvements and construction technologies

Photo Gallery


RWH tanks at Chavalakadai

RWH tank constructed at Marathamuani

RWH tank constructed at Peeriyaneelavani

Locally trained mason constructing RWH tank

Community awareness program for Chevalakadai site

RWH systems in Sengamuwa Village (Phase 2)

Awareness program at Kumdumadu (Phase 3)

Awareness programs at Hithayapuram School (Phase 3)

Rain water harvesting tanks and Beneficiaries (Phase 3)

 

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