February 19, 2016
Waste Water Treatment Plant Construction will be commenced at Kandy ceremonially on 19th February 2016 with the participation of Hon Minister of City Planning and Water Supply, Mr Rauff Hakeem, Chief Representative of JICA Sri Lanka office, Mr Kiyoshi Amada, Hon. Governor of Central Province, Mrs Surangani Ellawala, Hon. Chief Minister of Central Province, Mr. Sarath Ekanayake and His worship the Mayor of KMC, Mr. Sena Dissanayake. Senior officials of the Ministry and National Water Supply and Drainage Board will also grace this occasion.
The old capital of Sri Lanka receives tourists from all over the country and abroad. As a World Heritage site and being second largest city of Sri Lanka, Kandy is famous for its beauty. Behind the beauty of the city, hidden are polluted canals and rivers, as Kandy city does not have modern sewerage system. The rate of deteriorating quality of water in rivers and the lake has increased with the increase of population, their activities, and use of water. Presently the city could accommodate 110,000 permanent residents while receiving 150,000 commuters daily and therefore Waste Water Management System is a long-pending requirement and now become an urgent need.
The proposed Waste Water Management system aims to tackle these issues altogether. As sewerage treatment plant is installed, it is expected to improve water quality of Mahaweli river, one of the major water sources in the country. Improvement of its water quality in upper stream will have positive impact for downstream areas. The project is being managed by National Water Supply and Drainage Board. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is financing for the project under highly concessional Loan amounting Yen 14,087 million (Equivalent LKR (16,900 million).
The proposed Waste Water Treatment Plant under Package-1 of the project with a capacity of 14,000m3/day utilizes the "Propeller-type Oxidation Ditch (OD) System" which enables the efficient treatment of sewage through the high mixture with oxygen promoted by submersible propellers and air diffusers in the Aeration Tank. Japanese Company, JFE Engineering Corporation, with unparalleled experience in Japan providing facilities with this technology, actively proposed this system to the Sri Lankan Government in order to help for reducing plant operation costs, which will be borne by the client after construction.
The project will also provide improved sanitation in densely populated and low income areas in Kandy, through installment of in-house sanitation facility, and refurbishing public facilities. Introduction of improved sanitation will improve sanitary environment of community, and improve health condition of the residents.
JICA continuously support Sri Lankan Government for Management of its Sewerage problem. At the Moment, Team of Japanese Experts working with National Water Supply and Drainage Board for preparation Island wide Master Plan for Sewerage Sector in Sri Lanka, Says Mr. Kiyoshi Amada, Chief Representative JICA Sri Lanka.