To revive tourism in the picturesque Passikudah Bay on Sri Lanka’s east coast, the Sri Lanka tourism Development Authority awarded the first ever public private partnership wastewater project to Lakdithaya, a joint venture between Veolia and Puritas, a subsidiary of Sri Lanka’s renowned conglomerate, Hayleys.
In 2011, the Sri Lanka tourism Development Authority chose Veolia to design and build and operate for 20 years. This Build, Operate, transfer (BOT) type project comprises of a centralized waste water treatment plant and over eight kilometers of waste water lines, over four kilometers of treated water lines that link it with the 13 hotels spread over the 100 acres set aside for the resort. The plant utilizes Veolia Water’s proprietary technology, Moving Bed Bio reactor (MBBR), to treat 800 cubic meters of sewage and kitchen waste in a day.
This wastewater treatment plant is designed for 100% recycling of treated water and is the first Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the wastewater infrastructure sector in Sri Lanka. After the wastewater is processed in the treatment plant, the processed water is returned to the natural environment in a way that does not affect the environmental balance of the area. Veolia Water India applies the best international treatment and discharge standards to protect the pristine beauty of Sri Lankan natural environment.