Install 15 Rain water tanks of 8000 liters at Konakubukwewa Village in Anuradhapura district in Sri Lanka

Project Install 15 Rain water tanks of 8000 liters at Konakubukwewa Village in Anuradhapura district in Sri Lanka
Project Areas Konakubukwewa Divisional Secretariat in Anuradhapura District in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka
Duration May 2012 – 2013
Funded by Japan Water Forum
Project Cost $ 10,185 (contributions - Japan Water Forum $ 8,000 and the Community & LRWHF $ 2,185)
Project Objectives
  • Overall objective: The overall objective of this project is to introduce and educate the people concerned on the benefits and expediency of rainwater harvesting to meet their water needs
  • Specific objective: Improve the health of community due to drinking uncontaminated water
Outputs of the Project
1. Creating awareness on rain water harvesting technologies to the community and school children.
2. Select households to install the RWH system in consultation with the local community and authorities Grama Sewaka (village administrator). Following selection criteria will be used to select the households for installation of the system: people who are living in the areas where the ground water quality is poor/below required standards ( High fluoride levels), people living in the areas where water borne disease is high, high number of children, woman headed households, , vulnerable groups etc.
3. Install 15 number roof rain water harvesting tanks of 8000 liter capacity. Average rainfall for Anuradhapura district is 900 mm. An average roof area of 50 m2 will provide a household with 50 liters of water per day with an 8000 liter tank during the driest period from May to September. This will serve a household with 5 people a minimum of 10 liter per day per person for drinking and cooking during the driest period.
4. Training and building the capacity of the community to operate and maintain the rain water harvesting system.

Activities conducted (as at March 2013)1. Creating awareness on rain water harvesting technologies

Awareness program was held to school children at A. Konakubuk wawe School. Presentation was made on need of rain water harvesting, technology and the benefits of rain water harvesting. A small video on water and rain water harvesting was also shown. It was attended by over 40 students.
During the visit, the principal of the school request assistance to repair and restore the 3 Rainwater harvesting tank in the schools.








2. Select households to install the RWH system

Households were selected with the support Grama Niladari (Village Level Administrator). Request was received from 25 households, a survey was conducted of households to collect information on demographical, social -economic status, water scarcity (distance to drinking water source), number of children and reason for requesting a rain water harvesting system.
From the data collected 15 households were selected on the basis of longest distance to drinking water source, income level, number of children and incidence of water born disease. Awareness program was conducted these beneficiary households.


3. Install 15 number roof rain water harvesting tanks of 8000 liter capacity

Fifteen 8000 liter Ferro cement tanks with gutters, first flush systems were installed in the selected households. Two of the initial selected household’s declined therefore 2 new beneficiaries were selected. Beneficiaries supported the installation by providing labour support during construction, provide meals and accommodation for masons and valance board for the gutters.








4. Repair of Existing tank

The 3 rain water harvesting system in the school was repaired following a request from the principal, with fixing the gutters, lids and outlet tap. There was also a request from a another householder elderly lady who has received a rain water tank from previous project, but it was not been used since some components were broken. She asked for some assistance to have it repaired since she was living on her own and did not have the means and know how to get it repaired. LRWHF repaired the out let tap and first flush system in her house.






5. Training on operating and maintaining of rain water tanks

A training program was held on operation and maintenance of rain water harvesting system to the 15 beneficiary households in Konakubukwewa division.




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