Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
A community supply of clean drinking water is needed in Rambakekuwewa to eliminate CKD and other water borne illnesses at a cost of Rs. 1.5 million.
Rambakepuwewa is home to 650 families amounting to 2000 individuals. Residents are mainly farmers with chenna and rice cultivation. Other villagers are daily wage laborers. People in the area struggle daily with no access to clean drinking water. They have to walk 15 kms to Sinhaya Ulpatha to collect clean water. Otherwise they have to pay bowsers who visit the village periodically. The village has a tube well, a common well and an agricultural well- however this water is contaminated. Their groundwater supply is contaminated with calcium deposits. Their wells dry up during the dry months- and they are only able to farm during the wet seasons. There was an RO plant installed in the village but has been disabled for 8 years. There are many kidney patients currently in the area undergoing dialysis- more than 100 others have already died.
Gammadda, after consultation with Government Engineers have decided to construct an Reverse Osmosis Plant for the residents of Rambakekuwewa. The source water will be tested to determine RO plant parameters. The RO Plant will be installed by the Sri Lanka Navy. Upon completion of the RO Plant- a central water distribution point will be installed for the community to access freely. Gammadda will be monitoring and reporting on the progress of the RO Plant construction. Post construction preventive maintenance and upkeep will be done by the Sri Lanka Navy.