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Sri Lanka: USAID provides safe water to Ampara communities

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) yesterday completed of the Pottuvil/Ulla Water Treatment Plant and Ulla Supply System, to give the residents of these coastal villages safe and clean water for the first time since the tsunami.

USAID has been able to complete its investment in wells, transmission lines, the treatment plant and a large elevated storage tank with the additional grant by AmeriCares. The additional contribution has also allowed the National Water Supply & Drainage Board to work with the local users to connect the supply directly to their homes, schools, hotels and workplaces.

The new water treatment plant and distribution system have been designed in partnership with the National Water Supply & Drainage Board.

USAID provided US$8.3 million and AmeriCares funded another US$1.0 million to extract water from untreated ground wells, clean the water, and distribute the water through pipelines to the community.