Water Supply and Sanitation Improvement Project (WSSIP)

Information Broucher of the Project | View PDF [1.78 MB]

Introduction to the Project

Since Sri Lanka successfully ended the 30 year long civil war, it has accelerated its social and economic development and has achieved the state of a middle income country. The government’s vision is for every Sri Lankan family to enjoy decent and healthy living conditions by 2020. Some of the key challenges it faces in achieving this are persistent inequalities and pockets of poverty in lagging regions, plight of vulnerable groups including displaced people and plantation workers, persistent malnutrition across all segments of the population, and emergence of a new form of Chronic Kidney Disease of uncertain etiology (CKDu) with public health implications for the country.

The country has high national coverage for access to improved water supply and sanitation and has achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) set for the sector. This is a significant achievement which is not matched by any other country in the region. However, these figures mask considerable disparities across the country and the need for appropriate solutions in underserved areas, including remote rural areas, the plantation sector, and pockets in the north and the east of the country.

The proposed project will support development in the lagging regions and the estates sector where access to water supply and sanitation is lower and poverty level is higher compared to the national average. The development objectives of the project will be to increase access to piped water services and improved sanitation, and to strengthen rural service delivery arrangements, in selected Districts.

Project Components

  • Component 1: Water Supply and Sanitation Infrastructure
    This component would finance infrastructure investments to support expansion of piped water services in urban, rural and estate areas in the selected districts. Sanitation will include construction of Septage Treatment Plants in each of the districts for the collection and treatment of septage and hygienic sanitary units for community, supported by hygiene education and awareness Programs.
  • Component 2: Strengthened Rural Service Delivery
    This component will support the operationalization of the Department of National Community Water Supply through various capacity building initiatives.
  • Component 3: Sector Capacity Building
    This component will finance (i) Preparation of a comprehensive Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Program and (ii) National Program to develop a strategy to mitigate the aggravating effects of drinking water quality on CKDu
  • Component 4: Project Management
    This Component will finance the entire administration and management of project implementation both at the head office of in the Ministry of Water Supply and Drainage (MWSD) and at the district level.

Project Locations

The project will be implemented in 7 high priority districts, which have been selected based on (a) % of people with access to unimproved/unsafe water (ii) % households with access to non-piped water sources and (iii) location in the dry zone. Poverty, measured by the poverty head count, has a strong co-relation with access levels and is therefore implicitly captured in the district selection process. The districts are;

  • Mullaithivu and Kilinochchi Districts in Northern Province
  • Nuwara Eliya District in Central Province
  • Badulla and Moneregala Districts in Uva Province
  • Kegalle and Ratnapura Districts in Sabaragamuwa Province


Downloadable Documents

[NEW] Expression of Interest – Implementation Support Consultancy | Download [MS Word – 41.8 KB]

Social Screening Reports

  • Galigamuwa Water Supply Scheme | View [PDF – 4.2 MB]
  • Mullaitivu Water Supply Scheme | View  [PDF – 701 KB]
  • Pambahinna Water Supply Scheme | View [PDF – 3.6 MB]

Following documents can be downloaded in PDF Format.

exe_sum_link | PDF – 710 KB

smf_link | PDF – 322 KB

emaf_link | PDF – 1.87 MB

2016 March

REOI was published on 18th Mach 2016 on Daily News, Dinamina & Thinakara Newspapers.

  1. REOI | View [MS Word – 32.3 KB]
  2. REOI Submission Format | View [MS Word – 38.7 KB]
  3. Outline TOR | View [MS Word – 157 KB]

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