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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 101

Prime Minister Instruct Construction Of Second Phase Of Ruhunupura Water Treatment Plant

Colombo, 15 July, (Asiantribune.com):

Minister of Urban Development, Water Supply and Housing Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed the National Water Supply and Drainage Board to expedite the construction of the second phase of the Hambantota Ruhunupura Water Treatment Plant at Sooriyawewa, which has been delayed for nearly five years.

Although the initial plan for the second phase of the Ruhunupura Water Treatment Plant was drawn up in 2014, it has not been operationalized for the past five years.

Due to this lapse, there were water problems for development projects in Hambantota as well as several Divisional Secretariats in the Hambantota District where there is a need for drinking water.

The first phase of the Hambantota Ruhunupura Water Treatment Plant was commissioned in late 2014 on the instructions of the then President, the present Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, to meet the Hambantota Development Plan and the drinking water needs of the villages.

The first phase of the Hambantota Ruhunupura Water Treatment Plant has been launched to provide solutions to the development projects of the Hambantota International Port, Mattala International Airport, BOI development projects and the water problems of about 20,000 families in 15 Ginrama Employees' Divisions in Hambantota.

The first phase of the Ruhunupura Water Treatment Plant also solved the drinking water problem of many families on both sides of the Gonnoruwa and Meegahawadura roads.

The first phase of the Ruhunupura Water Treatment Plant constructed under the South Korean loan scheme cost Rs. 8,848 million.

In addition, the government has spent Rs. 1,500 million for this purpose.

The project has been completed within 45 months.

The first phase of the Ruhunupura Water Supply Project is emerging as a necessary solution for this. The first phase of the project, which will be completed in two phases at a speed of 35 cubic meters per day, will produce 17,500 cubic meters of water per day.

The water diverted by the historic Liyangastota Anicut built across the Walawe River, which flows into the sea through the Walawa Valley, is stored in the Ridiyagama Lake, which gives life to the Ridiyagama movement.

This Ridiyagama Reservoir has been selected as the Water Source of the Ruhunupura Water Supply Project subject to the conditions of the Irrigation Department and the Water Management Department.

In most water treatment plants, sludge is deposited at the bottom of the tanks to remove sludge, and the sludge that freezes in the water treatment plant is brought to the surface and scraped off by a scatter.

This is done by bringing the air dispersing into the water to the surface in the form of a micro bubble. So when the Micro Bubble water comes to the surface, the mud particles also come to the surface with them. The sludge layer is scraped off and clean water is drawn from the center of the tank to the next step. This modern technology is used only in the first stage water treatment plant at Ruhunupura.

Irrigation engineers are of the view that the speedy construction of the second phase of the Ruhunupura Water Treatment Plant is a matter of urgency as the work on the second phase will fully improve the efficiency of the first phase.

- Asian Tribune -

 Prime Minister Instruct Construction Of  Second Phase Of  Ruhunupura Water Treatment Plant
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