Galle gets new water treatment plant
When it comes to essential elements for living beings, water plays a
major role. As living beings, people always need to have pure or
purified water for their daily consumption.
Existing Water Treatment Plant
Constructions going on at Water Treatment Plant
People in most parts of Galle district have been facing difficulties
due to the scarcity of water. The ageing water treatment plant by which
they were served with does not have the sufficient capacity to supply
purified water throughout the day.
Considering this situation the Government is constructing a new water
treatment plant which is able to provide water to people in Galle
district throughout the day. Accordingly, a new sophisticated water
treatment plant is now being constructed at a cost of Rs.4,202 million
at Baddegama to fulfil a long felt need of people in Galle district. The
construction has neared completion. After commissioning the Baddegama
Water Treatment Plant and the high lift pumping station, the people in
Kosgoda, Balapitiya, Ambalangoda, Rathgama and Hikkaduwa and especially
the coastal areas of Galle district will be benefited.
The new water treatment plant will be commissioned by March, next
According to the Baddegama Water Treatment Plant Project Director
Jayanthe K.S. Pathirana, the capacity of the existing water treatment
plant had to be doubled to meet the increasing demand.
“However, even if the existing plant is operated to maximum capacity,
it will not cater even to half the requirement.
Holding tank of the water treatment plant
“In other words the present output of 18,000 cubic metres per day of
the existing plant will be doubled to 36,000 cubic metres per day by the
new water treatment plant which is being constructed.
After commencing operations the plant, will be able to supply water
without any disruption” Pathirana said.
As planned, water will be pumped along the coastal belt up to
Hikkaduwa, Ambalangoda, Ratgama, Kosgoda, and then to Baddegama along
with many other areas of Galle district.
The existing customer base of 86,000 family units now with water
supply, will increase to 190,000.
“The important thing is not the increase of the customer base but
supplying an uninterrupted and reliable service” he added.
The new project is jointly funded by the Governments of Sri Lanka and
The Government of Germany has allocated funds as a grant. The project
is of two phases.
The second phase commenced in January 2008 after the first was
completed in December 2007. Under the second phase four water storage
tanks which are called Ground Reservoirs are being constructed in
Balapitiya, Hikkaduwa, Galagoda and Kosgoda.
Around 180 Kilometres of 200 Kilometre underground pipe-line has been
”In line with the construction process, the present intake pump house
at Kiribathawila is also being upgraded.
“Accordingly intake pumps have been replaced with remote control
operated modern pumps. When it comes to the operation of the new water
treatment plant it can be operated with GSM signal which is widely known
as the connectivity used for mobile phones.
Filtering and purifying system
Section of the water treatment plant. Pictures By Indrajith
“This is a novel technology which we haven’t used so far. Operators
can perform any function such as opening or closing valves, switching on
or off any machine and much more with a GSM signal easily. For instance,
an operator in Baddegama can operate a machine installed in Balapitiya,
Kosgoda or any other place” the Assistant Resident Engineer Anuranga
“The people in Galle district have been badly affected by the
scarcity of water for a long time. In most occasions we have to do
without water even for our daily activities as there isn’t a continuous
However in near future, we are happy to have a continuous supply” a
resident of Baddegama said.
The capacity of the new water treatment plant will be sufficient for
Above all, the customers must have a chance to receive quality
purified water supply which can be trusted.