The Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne declared open the two Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants built by the Navy for community use at Poonewa and Kadawath Rambewa on 22nd December 2015. The Commander North Central Naval Area, Rear Admiral Dimuthu Gunawardene, senior officers attached to the Naval Headquarters and the North Central Naval Command and a large number of residents in the area were also present at the official opening of the two RO plants, which were vested in the public on a concept of the Commander of the Navy to provide clean and safe drinking water to the general public.
The two RO plants, each with a capacity to provide 10,000 litres per day, were designed by the Navy under its social responsibility project. They fulfil a long-felt need in the area where a high prevalence of the CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease) is recorded. As such, the Navy’s community service will be a great relief to the residents who are highly concerned about the safety levels of their drinking water. The North Central Naval Command, which is committed to uplift the living conditions of the civilian community resident in the North Central Naval Area, rendered its fullest assistance to installs the two plants within a very short period of time considering the urgent nature of the community need.