Despite many parts of Sri Lanka being blessed with an abundance of rain, there is a pressing need for clean drinking water. Poor access to clean drinking water has led to a prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease with unknown etiology among rural Sri Lankans. Chronic Kidney Disease is thought to possibly occur due to the presence of pesticides and the chemicals arsenic, cadmium and lead in water sources.
The Ministry of Health reports up to 400,000 patients suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease with unknown etiology, with up to 13 deaths per day due to the disease, highlighting the need for immediate action. This inspired the First Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Plant (RO Plant), in the Village of Unchilakaddy (Vavuniya), in 2015.
Reverse Osmosis Water Purification is one of the few water purification techniques which can remove chemical contaminants from the water. The Reverse Osmosis Water Purification project aims to bring relief to rural villages across Sri Lanka by providing a constant supply of clean drinking water
(Pictures show the openings of previous RO plants)
We were delighted to declare open our 10th RO Plant, with the broadest reach to date, in the Vankalai village, Mannar, on the 10th of July!
Graciously sponsored by Pimp My Tuk Tuk this plant supports 1700 families, reaching approximately 6800 beneficiaries and is the 4th RO plant established by the group. Our 10 RO plants island wide now allow 13,305 beneficiaries access to clean drinking water, reducing their chances of being diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease.
The Foundation of Goodness continues to strive to provide clean drinking water to rural Sri Lankans in desperate circumstances.