Chief Secretary


Northern Provincial Council

Chief Secretary's Secretariat, Kandy Road,
Sri Lanka.

Tel: +94-21-2220843
Fax: +94-21-2220841


Dry Zone Urban Water and Sanitation Project

Project Objective

To improve physical well-being of urban population in Sri Lanka's Northern and Northwestern urban dry zone through improved water supply and sanitation services (Vavuniya,Mannar,Puttalam and Chilaw)


Improved access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities to people in 4 Districts (Vavuniya, Mannar, Puttalam and Chilaw) in the Northern and Northwestern dry zone


Loan Agreement No.

L 2477 SRI

Executing Agency

Ministry of Urban Development, Water Wupply and Drainage


Implementing Agency

National Water Supply and Drainage Board


Funding Agencies

ADB - Asian Development Bank

GOSL –Government of Sri Lanka

National Water Supply and Drainage Board

Project Cost

US $ - 113.00 Mn. (ADB – US $ 83 Mn. and GOSL – US $ 28.24 Mn.)

Project cost in SL Rs.   8000.00 Mn. ( For Northern province)


Components of the Project


Component- 01

  • Improved water supply service and coverage
  • Improved sanitation and septage management

Component -02

  • Strengthen water resource management
  • Catchments protection and management
  • Safeguard ground water
  • Water resource mapping
  • Capacity building in project areas
  • Decentralization
  • Local government enhance design and monitoring capacity

c) Increasing water conservation and environmental awareness


            Building management & Implementation capacity

  • Water and environment protection

Project Area

Mannar District                                   

Vavuniya District


Project Period       

5 years (9th of June 2009 to 31st of December 2016)


Expected Out put

  1. Urban water supply and sanitation infrastructure
    1. Water resources developed
    2. Water supply expanded and rehabilitated
    3. Septage management and sanitation improved
  2. Water institutions strengthened
    1. Decentralization of service delivery functions to regional offices supported
    2. Water resource and risks management, coordination and planning ability strengthened
    3. Public awareness increased
  3. Project management and implementation capacity built