Two more Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants declared open in Anuradhapura

Going by the visionary concept of the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, another 2 Reverse Osmosis plants produced by the Navy’s Research and Development Unit, were declared open at the Anuradhapura Central College and in the village of ‘Track 3’ in Rajanganaya today (3). The RO system installed at the Anuradhapura Central College was declared open by the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy, Rear Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe. Commander North Central Naval Area, Rear Admiral Merril Wickramasinghe was also present on this occasion.

The interesting feature of the installation at the Anuradhapura Central College is that both the RO plant and the compartment where the unit is housed have been built utilizing the remaining materials which were used to build 83 Reverse Osmosis plants by the Research and Development Unit. Further they managed to build and install the RO system in the village of ‘Track 3’ utilising their expertise, within a short period of time. The financial assistance needed for that project was given by the Presidential Task Force on Prevention of Kidney Diseases.

Accordingly, over 4,100 school children, 393 teachers and non-academic staff of Anuradhapura Central College and approximately 600 families in the village of ‘Track 3’ in Rajanganaya are facilitated with safe drinking water as of now. Realizing the grave need of having more RO systems in areas which are prone to Chronic Interstitial Nephritis, the Navy’s Research and Development Unit has been installing more facilities across the country, using their expertise and technological know-how. Incidentally, they have set up a total of 85 RO plants in different parts of the country for the benefit of over 39, 850 families and 33,300 school children who were deprived of safe drinking water. Also, the Navy wishes to continue with these kinds of noble causes in the future as well.

The opening ceremony of the RO plant at the Anuradhapura Central College was attended by Buddhist monks, senior officers and sailors from the North Central Naval Command, the Principal and Staff of the college and a large number of residents as well.