innovation earns recognition for Solex
A local gully sucker (bowser) produced speedily by Solex Engineering
to meet post-tsunami sanitation management requirements has been
lauded with the prestigious "Water for Life" Appreciation
annual award was presented by the Sri Lanka United Nations Friendship
Organisation (SUNFO) at the UN World Water Day 2005 and international
decade of Water for Life 2005-2015 commemoration ceremony held recently.
The award was received by Upali Wijayasiri, Managing Director of
Water for Life SUNFO appreciation award 2005 was presented to SOLEX
in recognition of the valuable contribution made towards the betterment
of the Sri Lankan society through various water management and sanitation
projects that were initiated by Solex, the company said in a statement.
company engaged primarily in the business of providing pumping solutions
to both homes and industrial facilities rose to the challenge of
designing the gully sucker at 50% of the cost of imported units,
which range between Rs. 6 to 7 million, while conforming to UNICEF
standards. The gully sucker differs from the normal sewerage pumping
mechanism as the waste has to be pumped, transported and disposed.
as part of its tsunami relief operations identified the need for
gully suckers to manage the issue of providing toilet facilities
to a large numbers of displaced people located at schools, temples,
churches, etc. The temporarily erected cesspits at these camps need
regular clean ups to prevent overflowing in order to maintain hygiene
and prevent diseases.
is a great achievement for a small company such as Solex. Moreover,
we are happy that we developed a product in one and a half months
and still met the international standards. In case we had failed,
this project could have caused huge losses, but we risked it and
were able to succeed," said Muditha Wijayakulathilake, Marketing
Manager for Solex Engineering Enterprise.
gully sucker development has been recognized by water and sanitation
experts and the company has received further orders from international
NGOs such as UNICEF, International Federation of Red Cross, Canadian
Task Force for tsunami relief work, Maltaser of Germany and Solidarite'