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Sources at risk, use water sparingly – Board

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Due to the current dry weather conditions, 42 water sources in Sri Lanka are at risk and due to this, nine percent of water capacity has to be reduced. Therefore, in view of the current situation, the Water Board requests the people not to use drinking water for other purposes and to use water sparingly.

Water Supply and Drainage Board Deputy General Manager, Anoja Kaluarachchi told media that there are 344 water supply projects and 267 water sources. She also mentioned that 42 sources from those are at risk and said that 54,580 water connections are at risk.

Attending a press conference held at the Estate Infrastructure Development Ministry yesterday (17) she added that four water sources are at risk in Hambantota district and four sources are also at risk in Kurunegala district. She revealed that the water sources in the districts of Bandarawela, Monaragala, Kandy, Ampara, Anuradhapura, Matara, Ratnapura, and Kalutara are at risk.

She mentioned that the Meteorological Department has said that the existing dry weather will end in the middle of October and there is no severe crisis in the supply of drinking water to Colombo and Gampaha districts. She also said that the distribution of water required for farming in Anuradhapura region is to be completed at the end of this month and accordingly the Water Supply and Drainage Board expects that they will be able to supply the required water to the public.

Water Supply Board Chairman Nishantha Ranatunga who also commented, said that the government will take steps to provide free water to schoolchildren. He said that the water supplysystem will be maintained continuously even in difficult times and some areas have to be supplied with water at low pressure.

The Chairman requested the people to use water sparingly in this crisis as some water sources are running dry.

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