Water Waste

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrives with flowers to receive blessings at the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday 4 April 2018. On wednesday (4), Wickremesinghe survived a no-confidence motion in the Sri Lankan parliament with a 46 vote majority after a 12-hour debate with 122 MPs voted in his support while 76 MPs voting to remove the prime minister. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Oct 21, 2008 (LBO) – The Asian Development Bank is helping to fund a project to improve wastewater disposal in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo under which only treated effluent will be discharged into the sea.

The Sri Lanka government is putting in 35 million dollars as its contribution to the project. The 135 million dollar project covers the Colombo municipal area as well as suburbs to the north and south of the city.

Defunct wastewater treatment plants at the two outlets to the sea will be replaced with modern treatment plants under the project.

The project is being handled by the state-owned water supply and drainage board, and the Colombo municipal council.

Water board officials said wastewater generated by the city today is discharged untreated into the sea through the two outlets to the north and south of the city.

The project will modernise Colombo’s aging wastewater and sewerage disposal system and also add more people to the network.