Western province to experience low-pressure water supply; public advised to be mindful
ECONOMNEXT – Sri Lanka’s western province will experience low-pressure water supply in the coming days due to prevailing drought conditions in the country, top officials at the Water Board, advising the public to use water with care.
“Due to the prevailing drought situation in the country we will have to curtail the water supply even though we try our best to provide water to everybody,” Chrishan Fernando, Additional General Manager (Western Province), National Water Supply and Drainage Board, told Economynext.
“At present we are experiencing a shortage of water in the Western Province, but I’m not aware of other areas,” he said.
According to Fernando, the condition may prevail for about a month.
“It will take one or two days to say for sure about the situation because before and after a water cut there is high demand,” he said, explaining that due to high demand post-interruption, the board has to source water from the Kalatuwawa reservoir in the North Central Province.
However, from tomorrow onward that too will be curtailed in order to store water.
“We are going to release 50,000 liter cubes per day. Earlier it was 100,000 liter cubes and we reduced it to 75,000 liter cubes,” he said. (Colombo/Feb22/2021)