New plant to provide safe drinking water to over 300 families in CKD-affected village
Jinasena (Pvt) Limited, one of the leading water management systems and solutions providers and the market leader in Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants in Sri Lanka, has launched the country’s first-ever Nano Technology Water Purification System with the opening of a brand-new plant in Polonnaruwa as one of their many CSR initiatives.
The plant at Segala village in the Polonnaruwa District was ceremoniously opened by Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera and State Minister for Higher Education Mohan Lal Grero. Several government officials, management and staff from Jinasena and a large number of well-wishers also attended the event.
The Jinasena J-AQUA Nano Technology Water Purification Systems use Nano Filtration (NF) water filters. NF is a membrane water purification process that will remove salts of larger valency 2 or divalent elements, but will let monovalent salt molecules like Sodium Chloride to pass through. One of the main uses of NF membranes in industrial applications is to soften water or remove water hardness. NF is ideally-suited for water purification of any water source with Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) less than a 1500ppm. NF water filters also remove toxic heavy metals and other organic compounds from water thereby getting rid of bad odours and tastes.
Jinasena has witnessed a surge in the demand for water purification plants in the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) affected areas of the island. The company has extensive experience in deploying large water purification plants in Sri Lanka having ventured into this specialised field back in 2005 in keeping with the vision of Chairman Rohan Jinasena. Over the past 3 years alone, the company has successfully carried out over 200 water purification plant projects for a variety of organizations in CKD-affected areas in North Central, Eastern, Northern, North Western and Central Provinces. At present, the company is handling 88 ongoing projects having completed over 100 projects during 2017. With each water purification plant providing water to up to 300 families, to date, the company has successfully provided clean water to over 25,000 families across the island.
Commenting on the new technology, Nalin Ganegoda – Deputy General Manager (Water Purification) stated, “It is widely-known that, across numerous industries, Nano technology is considered to be the future. As a company that is always ready to embrace new technology, it gives us great pleasure to launch our very first Nano Technology Water Purification Plant and help increase the quality of life for around 350 families in the Segala village. Prior to our involvement through this CSR project, these families have had access to poor quality water from tube wells, which has unfortunately resulted in an increase in CKD cases in the village. We believe that this plant will help combat the spread of CKD in the village as the families now have access to safe drinking water.”
After successful implementation of a plant, Jinasena is able to provide a professional after-sales service through 19 Sales Centres around the country. The company entrusts the day-to-day operational aspects of the plants to the Community Based Organisations (CBOs) of each village. With the support of the Jinasena engineers, who visit each and every plant at least once a month, as well as the company’s mobile team operating 365 days of the year, the plants are able to run smoothly and provide clean water for thousands of families across the island.
Founded in 1905, Jinasena (Pvt) Limited was the first Ceylonese-owned engineering company and was rated among the five leading engineering companies in the island by 1932. In 1950, the son of the founder T. S. Jinasena designed and manufactured the first Jinasena Centric Water Pump. It is still the only water pump that is entirely manufactured in Sri Lanka. It continues to enjoy a significant market share in Sri Lanka due to its sturdy construction, proven track record, availability of spare parts and reputed after-sales service. In addition to the Water Purifying Solutions, the company also specializes in Irrigation Solutions and Solar Solutions, which makes Jinasena one of the few companies that can provide Water Management Solutions (on or off grid) under one roof. In addition, the company is also involved in Renewable Energy solutions and Agricultural Machinery in keeping with its slogan “One trusted name and many possibilities”.