Coca-Cola – UN-Habitat partnership supports rain water harvesting in Killinochchi District



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The Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF) in partnership with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is supporting a water-scarce community in KillinochchiDistrict to access potable water during the dry season through Rain Water Harvesting.


Implemented by UN-Habitat in close collaboration with the District Administration and the community, thisproject is establishingroof top Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) systems in 120 houses and 5 public buildings in Punnaineeravi GN Division in Killinochchi.To date, thesystemshave beencompleted in 40 houses while work isongoing ina further 50 houses.The initiative is also encouraging ground water recharging through focused community awareness programmes. Funded by The Coca-Cola Foundation, the project will be completed by October 2013.


The main aim of the project is to provide a sustainable solution for the community of Punnaineeravito access water during the dry season. As the Northern Province receives a large volume of rainfall during the Northeastern monsoon rains from December – February, collection of rain water will help families access water easily during the ensuing dry season without the inconvenience of travelling long distances to fetch water. Currently, most families obtain drinking water from a water bowser, supplied by the PradeshiyaSabha.


The project is providing each selected beneficiaryfamily with a 3,000 litre plastic water tankfor rain water collection together with PVC pipes, gutters and other vital components to establish the system. Each public building is provided with two 5,000 litre water tanks and components. The rain water collected in the public buildings will also be used by community members during water scarce periods.


The beneficiary families and public buildings have been selected in consultation with the community and village administration in order to assist the most vulnerable beneficiaries who currently do not have access to a permanent water source. The Kallaru Women’s Rural Development Society, a Community Based Organization active in the GN Division, is assisting UN-Habitat to implement the project by hiring skilled workers, purchasing building materials and monitoring progress.


Laxman Perera, Country Programme Manager for UN-Habitat Sri Lanka,stated "UN-Habitat is pleased to partner with Coca-Cola on this water and sanitation initiative which is providing a sustainable solution to families in Punnaineeravi. We are very pleased that the community is closely involved in implementing and monitoring this project through a people’s participatory process".


Abishek Jugran, Country Manager of Coca-Cola Sri Lanka said, "Globally, Coca-Cola undertakes a number of initiatives in partnership with national and international organizations on water, climate protection, environment and healthy active living. In Sri Lanka, we are committed to building sustainable communities by working with several partners, including UN-Habitat, on water and sanitation projects. We are happy that the community is actively involved in this RWH initiative which will provide a valuable water source to the village during the dry season".


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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