|Project Areas||Mahakachakodi GN division in Vavuniya south D.S division in Vavuniya District|
|Duration||August – October 2014 (Phase I)
February - April 2015 (Phase II)
|Funded by||Japan Water Forum
|Project Cost||US$ 6,000|
Rainwater Harvesting System for Chronic Kidney Effected Area in Vavuniya District, Sri Lanka (Phase I)
2. Situation with the Beneficiaries
Their main income source of the beneficiaries is though Agriculture. Some members of the households are employed as civil service officers from the time of the civil war. Most of the dug wells in the village go dry during the dry season from July to October (Figure 1). And during this time they face many hardships obtaining drinking water. High number of Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown etiology thought to be caused due to drinking bad quality water is also reported from this village.
Drinking Water sources: 7 tube wells (one is damaged) and dug wells which has gone dry during the dry season.
Figure 1: Dried up well during September 2014
Road to Mahakatchchkody Village Environment at Mahakatachkody
3 .Constructed 7 Rain water Harvesting systems in Mahakarchchkody Village
4. Operation and Maintenance Training to households
Each households constructed with rain water harvesting system was trained on how to operate and maintain the rain water harvesting system on the 8th December 2014. The training was conducted in the class room as well as at the location of rain water harvesting system. Many question were raised by the households regarding water quality, durability .
5. Training of masons
One mason selected from the village was trained on construction of RWH system. He received hand on training on construction of the RWH system. He participated for construction of 3 RWH systems. The name of the mason trained Mr A. Samantha, (0770315110).
Rainwater Harvesting System for Chronic Kidney Effected Area in Vavuniya District, Sri Lanka (Phase II)
LRWHF received further 90 households requesting to install RWH system. Out of these priority was given to household which had kidney disease patients and 7 households most urgently in needed of clean drinking water was selected. The selected beneficiaries and their details are;
Construction of 8,000 liter Rain Water Harvesting Systems
Rain water harvesting system consisting of 8,000 liter Ferrocement tank, 2 sets of gutters, first flush system , filter and tap was constructed in 07 households in Mahakatchchakody village during the month of April – May 2015. The households contributed during the construction by providing sand, valence board for placing the gutters, food and accommodation for the masons and unskilled labor support during construction.
Operation and Maintenance Training to households
A book let containing instruction for Operation and maintenance of the system was given to each households constructed with rain water harvesting system. A formal operation and maintenance training program was conducted on the 22nd May 2015.
Training program include
- How and when to clean the roof
- How and when to clean the gutters
- How to construct the filters and when to clean it
- How to operate the first flush
- How and when to clean the tank
- To keep the tap and tap stand in good condition
- How to check for leaks in the tank
Operation and Maintenance Training to households constructed with RWH system 22nd May 2015
Beneficiary Experience of Rain Water Systems