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President declares open 250th RO water treatment plant in Horowpothana

President declares open 250th RO water treatment plant in Horowpothana

[September 10 2017]

President Maithripala Sirisena ceremonially declared open the 250th Reverse Osmosis (RO) water treatment plant installed at the Morakewa Sri Saddarmajothikarama temple premises at Ritigahawewa, Horowpothana this morning (10th Sunday, September).

The Presidential Task Force for Prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease and the Sri Lanka Navy has been engaged in this noble initiative of installing RO plant since December 2015, in keeping with the President's vision of 'Wellbeing for All'.

Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Duminda Dissanayake, Minister of Rural Economic Affairs Hon. P Harrison, Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne and Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah were also present at the occasion. Coinciding with the main event, the President also bestowed 10 more RO plants for the public in the Anuradhapura District through an online virtual portal.

Installation of RO plants in areas that are prone to chronic kidney disease is one of the many  noble projects undertaken by the Sri Lanka Navy. The project was initially funded by the contributions of Naval personnel.

The RO plants are produced by the Navy's Research and Development Unit. With funding from the Presidential Task Force on Prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), the Navy has installed these RO plants in many parts of the island, facilitating more than 119,000 families and over 81,500 school children with safe drinking water.

Sri Lanka Navy's initiative in providing water treatment plants (RO) to areas that are most prone to Chromic Kidney Disease (CKD) has been widely recognized.

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