PM launches project to permanently solve the drinking water problem in Jaffna

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PM launches project to permanently solve the drinking water problem in Jaffna


Wed, Oct 6, 2021, 11:01 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 06, Colombo: Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Wednesday declared open the Nagadeepa Water Treatment Plant ad launched the project to construct the Jaffna city water pipeline system and the Thalaiyadi Village Seawater Desalination Plant, which will provide a permanent solution to the drinking water problem in Jaffna.

The Prime Minister, who joined the live ceremony in Nagadeepa online from Temple Trees, inaugurated the construction of the Thalaiyadi Village Seawater Desalination Plant and the laying of the Jaffna Municipal Water Supply and Drainage Pipe System.

The project, part of the Jaffna-Kilinochchi Water Supply and Sanitation Program developed by the Government of Sri Lanka is partly financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and by the central government.

The objectives of the Project implemented by the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) of Sri Lanka are to improve water supply and sanitation infrastructure for residents living in the Project area and protect and manage Jaffna Peninsula water resources.

This project is expected to provide pipe borne treated water to over 300,000 people in 186 Grama Niladhari divisions in the Jaffna peninsula.

French-based utility company Suez has been awarded the contract to design, build and operate the first-ever desalination plant through sea water reverse osmosis in Jaffna

It is planned to convert seawater into safe drinking water through high technology and climate resilient 24 MLD (millions of liters

per day) sea water reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant on a site located in the Thalaiyadi Village in Jaffna. The project and the installation of Jaffna Municipal Water Supply and Drainage Systems will benefit 300,000 people and will be completed by 2023.

A special feature of the new project is that around 112,000 families in and around Jaffna will have access to safe drinking water through pipes.

The Nagadeepa Sea Water Treatment Plant, which has been vested in the public today, will distribute water to Nagadeepa, Analathivu and Eluvathivu and will directly benefit 5,000 families in the islands.

The National Water Supply and Drainage Board plans to increase the existing 9.6 percent safe piped water supply in the Northern Province to 59.6 percent by 2025.

ADB Director General Kenchi Yokohama addressed the gathering via Zoom and wished success to the relevant water projects.

Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Minister of Water Supply, Douglas Devananda, Minister of Fisheries, Eric Lavertu, Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka, Gamini Senarath, Secretary to the Prime Minister, Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrama, Secretary to the Ministry of Water Supply, Rural Development and Regional Development Chairman of the Water Supply and Drainage Board Nishantha Ranatunga and officials were present at the occasion from Temple Trees.

State Minister Sanath Nishantha, Co-Chairman of the Jaffna District Development Committee Angajan Ramanathan, Governor of the Northern Province PSM Charles and other officials were present at the opening of the Nagadeepa Water Treatment Plant.

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