ECONOMYNEXT – Japan said it is providing a 23.1 billion yen (Rs32.9 billion) loan to build a pipe borne water supply system in Anuradhapura, a heavily agricultural area that has been hit by chronic kidney disease.
Japan said a high concentration of fluoride has been detected in ground water, which is harmful for humans. Due to the lack of rivers, people depend on ground water.
The ‘Anuradhapura North Water Supply Project’ will help families to switch the water source from ground water to surface water, Japan said.
Surface water may also help counter Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown origin, which some researchers have linked to contaminated ground water, Japan said.