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Eighty-five percent of drinking water needs to be met in near future

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Addressing a press conference held at the Presidential Media Centre (PMC), State Minister for Water Supply Sanath Nishantha provided an update on the progress and challenges faced in meeting the water supply needs of Sri Lanka’s population.

Currently, efforts have been made to address 62 percent of the drinking water requirements across the island. The ministry is actively working towards achieving the goal of providing water supply to 85 percent of all requirements in the near future.

Acknowledging the economic difficulties faced by the country, State Minister Sanath Nishantha emphasized the importance of using water sparingly, as the Government has decided to raise water charges. By conserving water, both the nation and its people can find some relief amidst existing economic challenges. He conveyed these updates during a press conference held recently at the Presidential Media Centre under the theme ‘Collective Path to a Stable Country’.

Under the Water Supply Ministry, three key institutions are operating: the National Water Supply and Drainage Board, the Water Resources Management Board, and the Community Water Supply Department. The National Water Supply and Drainage Board ensures the provision of high-quality water to the public, while 4,332 Community Water Societies cater to the water needs of 800,000 families who have limited access to water. Another 1,000 new projects have also been implemented.

Although the implementation of initial plans faced difficulties due to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and global economic challenges, the stabilization efforts led by the current President have allowed for a gradual resumption of activities.

While several community water projects initiated in 2020 are nearing completion, the importation of 248 water pipe containers by the Water Supply Board faced temporary suspension due to financial constraints. However, discussions with the President and Finance Ministry officials have resulted in the gradual release of these containers from the port.

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