The Asian Development Bank will provide 90 million US dollars in loans to help Sri Lanka restore water supply and sanitation infrastructure in the war-ravaged north.
A statement said the project is due for completion by February 2017. It will help restore and modernise key infrastructure damaged by war or which deteriorated as a result of neglect mainly in the Jaffna Peninsula. The project will rehabilitate and improve reservoir headworks, and construct a water treatment and distribution system serving the Jaffna and adjoining Kilinochchi districts. The new water distribution system will provide access to household connections and metered community water facilities. The funds will also be used to build a sewage collection and treatment system for the Jaffna Municipality and build low-cost household and communal latrines in poor communities.
The ADB will also give support to draw up a comprehensive, integrated water resources management plan for Jaffna.