Sri Lanka: Veolia to improve access to drinking water

The Sri Lankan National Water Supply and Drainage Board has awarded a €156 million contract to Veolia, through its subsidiaries OTV and SADE, that will help provide access to drinking water on a large scale in the Greater Matale area. Located in Sri Lanka’s Central Province, around 150 kilometres from the capital, Colombo, Greater Matale is a predominantly agricultural region. Veolia, through its subsidiary OTV, has just been appointed project manager for the construction of five new water treatment plants in the region along with 12 service reservoirs, five pumping stations and more than 430 kilometres of transmission and distribution pipes. This system will ensure drinking water quality and secure supply for more than 350,000 people.