District Collector P. Venugopal has said that the district’s drinking water woes will be redressed by setting up 71 Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants in a time-bound manner. The Collector was presiding over a meeting of presidents of grama panchayats and Kerala Water Authority (KWA) officials in the district on Saturday.

A total of 66 RO plants of 250 litre capacity each will be set up under the leadership of Dr. Sajith under the Kuttanad package. Five RO plants will be set up by Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE), a Bangalore-based NGO. A public tender will be put out soon.

A committee comprising of plant technical expert, Dr.Sajith, KWA executive engineers, engineers of local bodies, engineers of ground water department and grama panchayat presidents will examine the tenders and give the technical sanction. Government sanction will also be sought after this.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed with respective grama panchayats soon on the setting up five plants under the leadership of ATREE.

Works on these five RO plants will be completed by February 28. These plants will come up in Kainakary, Kavalam, Veliyanad, Pulinkunnu and Muhamma grama panchayats.

71 reverse osmosis plants will be set

up in Alappuzha.