Thousands of families benefited by Navy' social outreach project
Thousands of families living rural areas have
immensely benefitted from Sri Lanka Navy's ambitious Reverse Osmosis
(RO) installation project. So far the SLN has produced and installed 239
RO plants across the country with a view to provide easy access to safe
drinking water to the masses living in regions prone to renal disease.
This project carried out by the Research and Development Unit of the SLN
under its community welfare projects has enabled over 114,766 families
and 80,185 school children in high risk areas to draw safe drinking
water free of charge.
Recently, Sri Lanka Navy had installed three more of
its Reverse Osmosis (RO) water treatment plants at the Army cantonment
in Kokeliya, Vavuniya, 3rd Commando Regiment in Mundimuruppu and at
Mahamailankulama. According to Navy media sources, these water treatment
plants were declared open on Saturday (29 July 2017).
Financial allocations for these RO plants were
provided by the Presidential Task Force on Prevention of Chronic Kidney
Disease. The unit installed at Mahamailankulama has the capacity to
provide safe drinking water to 750 families in the locality. The plants
installed at the two Army camps are capable of catering to the
requirements of 1,600 troops there.
The project got off the ground in December 2015 under
a concept of the Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Ravindra
Wijegunaratne. The project was initially carried out with financial
contributions from Naval personnel.