Clean Water the Key to Changing Lives in Rural Sri Lanka – Community owned water schemes
Posted on August 30th, 2021

Asian Development Bank

In Sri Lanka, women are assumed to be the main beneficiaries of projects improving the supply of water and management of sanitation. Women are traditionally responsible for cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the family and are highly affected by problems associated with water supply.

During dry periods, women have to manage limited resources between household needs and for gardens surrounding their houses. Produce from gardens is an important contribution to food security. Women often have to share water with other households or walk great distances to find alternative sources.

The government of Sri Lanka is working to reduce the time women spend fetching water, the burden of carrying heavy loads, and the time spent taking care of children suffering from waterborne diseases.

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