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Navy installs another water treatment plant in Monaragala

Navy installs another water treatment plant in Monaragala

[Oct 27 2016]

Continuing its community welfare service in installing water treatment plants, the Sri Lanka Navy has installed yet another Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant at the Aluthwewa Junior School in Monaragala. Accoding to navy media, the plant has the capacity to purify 5,000 litres of water per day which will satisfy the drinking water requirements of the more than 275 students of the school and local residents.

People in the Hambegamuwa region face severe hardships in obtaining water safe enough for consumption. Sri Lanka Navy, under the direction of Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Ravidra Wijegunaratne has implemented a programme to produce and install RO plants in areas prone to Kidney disease. The Presidential Task Force on Chronic Kidney Disease Prevention provides financial assistance for the installation of these plants. Private sector companies have also provided support for this project.

In addition to schools navy has also installed water treatment plants at the Bhikkhu University of Anuradhapura and the Jaffna University as well.

The Research and Development Unit of the navy has produced and installed 40 such water treatment plants around the island which has benefitted more than 22,000 families. Navy has also produced and operates a mobile RO plant providing drinking water to people in a number of villages in the Northwestern and North central regions where the prevalence of chronic kidney disease among farming communities is the highest in the country. As another national endeavor the Navy's R&D Unit is in the process of developing water treatment plants using renewable energy.

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