As a group of undergraduates of Faculty of Science of University of Colombo, weare following a variety of academic units in the areas of physics, chemistry,statistics, biology and etc. For the first time in the Sri Lankan University history afew community service projects are being carried out under Service LearningProgramme, in collaboration with Holcim Lanka Ltd. are focusing on improving thequality of drinking water at Nelumwewa, a rural area in Puttalam.Faculty of Science, University of Colombo plays the major role of this project,while Holcim Lanka Ltd. provides the strength like a backbone. University canseek for many more opportunities for Service Learning Projects in the future. Alsohaving a strong link between the company and the university undergraduateswould be useful when obtaining internships; even career opportunities. At thesame time this will improve the reputation of the university.Nelumwewa is a village located in North western province, Puttalam district. Muchof the rain in these area falls from October to January which is about 1200-1900mm. During the rest of the year there is small precipitation. There are nearlymore than 300 families accommodated in 200-300 houses. A house is consistedof 4-6 numbers averagely. The main occupations of the villagers can be listed asbrick mining and digging sand from rivers.One of the main problems that the villagers are engaged in is the difficulty ofgaining the fresh water for their day to-day consumption. It has been identified;the hardness and high salinity of the water have been substantially amounted tothe scarcity of the fresh water. Therefore it has led to many problems in healthissues as well as in other household activities.Even though several solutions were undergone, it seems that those solutions
t brought up a substantial effect on the problem. One of the solutions whichwere brought forward by the welfare society of the area is the PrajaMulaDevelopment Project which is a programme for distribution of fresh water in thearea. The water supply is linked to MeeOya which is the only reachable waterreservoir present in the area. Although the water supply is available during 24hours of the day, the problem of the supplied water being fresh remains as aproblem.