Reverse Osmosis Plants built and run by the Sri Lanka Navy are helping thousands of rural households hit by Chronic Kidney Disease.
These plants are on show at the Shilpasena exhibition now on at the BMICH in Colombo. It will be open until July 21.
Built by the Research and Development Unit of Sri Lanka Navy these units use a water purification process that uses a partially permeable membrane to remove ions, unwanted molecules and larger particles from drinking water.
This project is funded under the National Chronic Kidney Prevention Programme by the Presidential Secretariat.
Sri Lanka navy had manufactured 668 units and 652 are installed are in operation mostly in areas in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Monaragala districts.
Depending on the request made by the public to the Presidential Secretariat these units are installed to areas in need.
According to Sri Lanka Navy, one unit is capable of providing 10,000 litres of water per day and supply upto 500 residences.
The project has been ongoing for the past 3 years.
Depending on the tenders the average price of manufacturing a unit is Rs 1.5 million.