r Ministry of Defence - Sri Lanka

SL Navy successfully installs 1000 own-produced
RO water treatment plants

June 06, 2024

Reaching a milestone in one of its Naval Social Responsibility projects, the Sri Lanka Navy successfully installed its 1000th Reverse Osmosis (RO) water treatment plant at Sri Sumana Vidyalaya in Palukadawala in Galgamuwa yesterday (Jun 05).

According to SL Navy media sources, the new facility produced and installed by the Navy with financial assistance from the National Lotteries Board was opened by the Navy Commander Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera and Chairman of the National Lotteries Board, Dr. Chameera C. Yapa Abeywardena.

In 2015, the SL Navy successfully produced and installed its first RO plant in the Kadawath Rambewa area within the Medawachchiya Divisional Secretariat. The Navy’s Research and Development Unit is tasked with the manufacturing process.

Navy RO plants are installed island wide including 161 in the Northern Province, 340 in the North Central Province, 149 in the Northwestern Province, 54 in the Central Province, 10 in the Western Province, 13 in the Sabaragamuwa Province, 22 in the Southern Province, 155 in the Uva Province and 92 in the Eastern Province. In addition, 4 units have been installed onboard major vessels of the Sri Lanka Navy, it says.

A large number of these RO plants are installed in areas with a high prevalence of chronic kidney disease as easy access to safe drinking water is limited.

Going a step further in 2017, the Navy initiated the development of medical-grade RO plants specifically designed for dialysis treatment of kidney patients. So far, 26 medical-grade RO plants have been installed in 25 state hospitals, it says.

SL Navy has collaborated with state and corporate sector institutions in its endeavor to establish safe drinking water facilities around the country.