Batti gets State-of-the-Art water treatment plant
The government has constructed a mega scale water treatment plant at
Vavunativu, Batticaloa aiming to address the long standing drinking
water scarcity issue of Batticaloa district.
Picture by Lalith C Gamage
The new sophisticated water treatment plant which is constructed at a
cost of Rs.700 million at Vavunativu provides water to people in several
areas of the Batticaloa district.
The water treatment plant operated under the National Water Supply
and Drainage Board provides purified water for around 30,000 persons of
"When it comes to essential elements of living beings, water plays a
major role.The Vavunativu water treatment plant will fulfill a long felt
need of people in the Batticaloa district," Resettlement Deputy Minister
V Muralitharan said.
People in most parts of Batticaloa district had been facing
difficulties due to the water scarcity. The ageing water treatment plant
did not have sufficient capacity to supply purified water throughout the
The new water treatment plant has a capacity of 40,000 cubic metres
per day. After commencing operations the plant is able to supply water
without any disruption satisfying the needs of 30,000 people.
In line with the construction process of the new water treatment
plant, a new intake pump house has been constructed to take more water
from Unnativu tank. Besides a high lift pumping station has also been
Underground pipe-lines have been laid for water conveying. "Intake
pumps have been replaced with remotely operated modern pumps.
"When it comes to the operation of the new water treatment plant it
can be operated with GSM signals which are used in mobile phones. 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 with a GSM signal easily," a National Water Supply and
Drainage Board official said.