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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2038

Rainwater harvest brings clean water to tsunami families

[b]Rainwater harvest brings clean water to tsunami families [/b]

[b]Godogama, 29 March (Asiantribune.com): [/b]Dinesh Gunawardene, Minister for Urban Development and Water Supply on Tuesday joined 20 families who received new rainwater harvesting systems at a ceremony held in Godagama, near Galle.

The units, funded as part of a US$1 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) water and sanitation project, are the first of 680 systems which will be completed by September. The project is supported by UNICEF and implemented by Malteser International and Lanka Rainwater Harvesting Forum.

"USAID recognizes that the need for reliable water and sanitation continues to be among the most crucial to maintain quality of life for people living in tsunami affected areas," Mission Director Dr. Carol Becker said. "This event marks the first of hundreds of these systems which we will hand over with UNICEF this year." The rainwater harvesting units are being built with the participation of tsunami-affected families in Galle and Matara districts. Rainwater is collected on the roof of a house and stored in a tank after passing through a gravel-charcoal filter. The tanks are constructed with the assistance of beneficiaries who are also trained in the use and maintenance of the system.

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