Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
A community supply of clean drinking water is needed in Weherathanna to eliminate CKD and other water borne illnesses at a cost of Rs. 1.5 million.
Weherathanna is home to 505 agrarian families. The residents are mainly farmers and daily wage laborers. Paddy is the most prominent farming activity. This village has seen the ravages of war as it was a theatre of war. Many residents fled the war and returned back home once the war ended. They haven’t had the luxury of clean water for more than a decade. People in the area struggle daily with no access to clean drinking water. Their current water supply is a 20 km trek to Parakramapura for clean water or a common well which is a contaminated water source. Their groundwater supply is contaminated with calcium deposits. Since the well water is hard- residents take the risk of other infections by drinking tank water. There are more than 100 kidney patients currently in the area- some others have already died.
Gammadda, after consultation with Government Engineers have decided to construct an Reverse Osmosis Plant for the residents of Weherathanna. 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.