To enhance public health and boost the potential of Sri Lanka’s blue economy, the French Agency for Development supports urban sanitation in Colombo metropolitan area. [fr]
A loan agreement was signed for a EUR 75 million project in Ratmalana and Moratuwa on Monday 18th February 2019, by R. H. S. Samaratunga, Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media and Mr. Martin Parent, AFD Country Director accompanied by Mr. Eric Lavertu, Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
- -Signature of the Credit Facility Agreement: Martin Parent, AFD Country Director, Eric Lavertu, Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, R. H. S. Samaratunga, Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media.
By developing the sewerage service, the project aims at improving the living conditions of Ratmalana and Moratuwa inhabitants and preserving the coastal ecosystem. The project cost is estimate at EUR 105 million, of which the Government of Sri Lanka finances EUR 30 million and AFD EUR 75 million through a concessional loan. The project will include significant extensions of the sewerage network and the optimisation of the existing wastewater treatment plant in Ratmalana.
Located in the southern suburbs of Colombo, Ratmalana (95 000 inhabitants) and Moratuwa (167 000 inhabitants) have a wastewater treatment plant operating since 2013, with a capacity of 17 000 m³/day.
Today, the wastewater sent to Ratmalana treatment plant account for 20% of its capacity only. Therefore, the project aims at improving access to the sewerage service for 45,000 residents of Ratmalana and Moratuwa, which will require exploiting the full capacity of the wastewater treatment plant.
The project will finance the laying of 95 km of pipes, the construction of seven pumping stations and the realisation of approximately 11 000 domestic connections and 580 commercial and industrial connections. The project will also provide the replacement of pumps in the existing wastewater treatment plant to optimize its operation. In order to enhance the expected positive impacts, the project will also include information, education and communication campaigns to promote sanitation and hygiene.
The design horizon of the Project is 2040. It will be implemented over a period of six years (including the detailed design studies) by the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) of Sri Lanka. The NWSDB is currently finalising the detailed design with the support of the consultant recruited for the Sanitation and Hygiene Initiative for Towns (SHIFT) project, also financed by AFD.
AFD has become one of the main donors in the urban sanitation sector in Sri Lanka. A first Credit Facility Agreement has been signed in 2016 for the SHIFT Project (EUR 76 million), cofinanced by the European Union (EUR 5.7 million), for Negombo’s wastewater management and the preliminary studies of a similar project in Kelaniya, Peliyagoda, Galle and Unawatuna entitled « Coastal Cities Project ».
Today, in Sri Lanka, more than 3 million inhabitants live less than a kilometre away from the coast, and less than 1% of the population is connected to a wastewater treatment system. In this context, developing the sanitation sector is key for public health, and for economic, social and environmental reasons. The Government of Sri Lanka aims at achieving a service coverage rate of 7% by 2020 and has requested AFD’s support to develop this sector, new to Sri Lanka and the NWSDB.
In order to meet the challenges of both preserving and developing the Blue Economy potential of Sri Lanka, AFD supports the government’s ambitions and finances the sanitation infrastructures that are needed in selected coastal cities. In addition, AFD is considering supporting the tourism sector as well as the development of fishing harbours to the highest standards.