The visionary concept of Commander of the Navy, initially expected to set up 50 RO systems by the end of year 2016. However due to the untiring commitment and efforts of the Navy’s Research and Development Unit they managed to set up 71 systems in areas which are prone to renal disease. As such, over 33,000 families and 25,000 school children are facilitated with safe drinking water free of charge as of today. The financial provisions needed for the installation of RO plants are drawn from the contribution of Rs. 75/= made willingly by naval personnel.
The contributions of naval personnel are pooled into the Naval Social Responsibility Fund with the noble intention of utilizing them for community service projects. Moreover this effort has turned out to be a national cause as the Presidential Task Force on Prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease has also joined hand with the Navy by providing necessary funds for the installation of RO systems across the country.
Further, the Navy is determined to continue this noble task being an example to other departments and institutions of the country as well. Moreover, as per the Corporate Social Responsibility ratings the installation project of RO plants has topped in the Social Responsibility ranking charts. Besides, this magnanimous effort of the Navy will immensely pave the way to eradicate the renal disease from Sri Lanka.
“Children always consume safe drinking water and bring home a bottle of safe drinking water from the Reverse Osmosis plant installed at your school, for your parents.” - Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne.