Safe Drinking Water Facilities

Country: Sri Lanka

Impact Area

  • Nutrition
  • Water
  • Rural Development
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Compliance
  • Community engagement
Mar 31, 2014, updated March 2014

Background

Safe Drinking Water Facilities
SAFE WATER ON TAP:A student enjoys clean drinking water from the new facilities installed at his school.

The availability of safe drinking water is a major concern for many communities in Sri Lanka, particularly in rural areas. According to the World Bank, only about 10 percent of all Sri Lankan households have water on tap, and one in five people rely on rivers, streams and other unprotected water sources for their drinking water.

Programme description

Since 2006 Nestlé Sri Lanka has financed clean drinking water facilities, starting in villages located near its manufacturing operations, to increase access among rural communities to reliable sources of clean drinking water. The project is spreading across the island with the aim to establish water fountains in highly frequented and easily accessible public areas, such as schools, hospitals and places of worship.

Value to Society

The clean drinking water facilities are built by drilling deep bore wells and installing water tanks to store the clean water. The hygienic fountains are tiled for easy cleaning and maintenance, and have multiple faucets.

Since 2006, Nestlé Sri Lanka has financed the installation of clean drinking water facilities, beginning at villages located close to our manufacturing operations in Kurunegala. Across the island, we have built 15 free and hygienic water fountains in public areas such as rural schools, and over 18,500 students now have access to safe drinking water every day. We have installed fountains at hospitals and places of worship, which receive hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

Nestlé Sri Lanka has also worked in partnership with schools to support the introduction of water education into the curriculum. Over 5,000 students have benefitted from programmes explaining water conservation and the link between clean water, hygiene, health and wellness. They are encouraged to become water ambassadors and to share their knowledge with family members and neighbours.

Value to Nestlé

Next Steps

UN Millenium Development Goal

  • 1 Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • 2 Achieve universal primary education
  • 3 Promote gender equality and empower women
  • 4 Reduce child mortality
  • 5 Improve maternal health
  • 6 Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  • 7 Ensure environmental sustainability
  • 8 Develop global partnerships