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DateLine Sunday, 2 September 2007

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Hilfswerk Austria donates water treatment plant

Hilfswerk Austria donated a fully equipped building and a water treatment plant to the residents of Balapitiya at a cost of Rs. 28 mln.


The Water Treatment plant at the Base Hospital, Balapitiya.

The fully equipped building donated by Hilfswerk Austria to the Technical College at Balapitiya (TCB) at a cost of Rs. 20 million would help the (TCB) deliver a better service to the students, said Country Manager Hilfswerk David Mangala.

The fully equipped two-storied building has two libraries, a computer lab, Principal's office, staff room, a reception area and two classrooms to conduct the Quantity survey and Draftsmanship courses.

The building was opened recently by Vocational Training Minister Piyasena Gamage, MD of Hilfswerk Austria, Dr. Heidi Burkhart. The Consul for Austria Senaka Amerasinghe also participated.

As a part of this program sponsoring students for the "On the job training", Entrepreneurship training for two lecturers of the TCB, handing over of equipment to six students who gained the highest marks in the batch in Masonry, Electrical and Woodworking to start their own businesses and donation of a whole set of Quantity survey measuring equipment were also undertaken by Hilfswerk.

Another project undertaken by Hilfswerk was the donation of a water treatment plant to the Base Hospital at Balapitiya.

He said that as a part of the tsunami rehabilitation program VA Tech Wabag Ltd., Water Major with its headquarters in Chennai, India donated a Drinking Water Treatment Plant to the Balapitiya Base Hospital in collaboration with Hilfswerk Austria.

The plant is based on advanced membrane based water treatment technology called Nano Filtration. The plant is designed to produce 5,000 litres per hour of pure potable water.

The water plant is worth Rs. 8 million.

This hospital faced a critical water contamination problem in the past few years and this facility would cater to more than 3,000 people visiting the hospital daily.

The water treatment plant was opened recently by the Southern Provincial Council Health Minister A. G. C. Piyasiri. Managing Director of Hilfswerk Austria Dr. Heidi Burkhart was also present. A training program was held at the hospital for its staff by engineers from India to provide an indepth knowledge of how the plant works and how it should be maintained.

Hilfswerk Austria will manage and maintain the plant for three months and will then hand it over to the Base Hospital.

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