Donation of a novel, easily-maintained assembly drinking water plant from China to Sri Lanka
On June 12, the ceremony for denoting an assembly drinking water plant was held in Metihakka village located in the Central Province. The inauguration ceremony was attended by H. E. Qi Zhenhong, the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Hon. Sanath Nishantha Perera, Sri Lanka’s State Minister of Water Supply, Prof. Qu Jiuhui, and representatives from a representative from the Chinese Academy of Science, Ministry of Water Supply, University of Peradeniya and other stakeholders, and over 400 local villagers and monks. Prof.Hu Chengzhi, the Deputy Director of RCEES, CAS, signed the handover agreement with H.M. Jayathilake Herath, General Manager of the Department of Community Water Supply.
The water treatment plant was developed by Prof. Qu’s team in RCEES, CAS. The villagers had long been drinking water taken directly from the river without proper treatment. The denoted plant adopts the electrical coagulation process, which could purify water without the addition of chemicals. With a daily processing capacity of 120,000 Liter, the plant can be remotely operated, offering low-cost, high-quality water for over 800 villagers across three villages.