|Water cuts if no rains
By Anurangi Singh
Water cuts cannot be avoided if the expected monsoon rains do
not come at least by the end of April.
The Assistant General Manager (AGM) of the Water Board, Ranjith
Pererea said that they will be able to continue the water supply
only until the end of April with current water levels.
“We are still in a position to provide water without any
disruption and the water cuts that took place were due to
repairs and other service issues.
Thirty percent of the water demand is met by the Ceylon
Electricity Board (CEB) where they release a quantity of water
to the Kelani River,” the AGM said.
Accordingly water from Castlereigh and Maussakele reservoirs
will be released to the Kelani River. This helps to stop seeping
of sea water into the Kelani river. According to the CEB the
water used to generate power at Canyon, Wimala Surendra and
Polpitiya hydro power stations are also released to the Kelani
“The consumption of water has increased due to the current
weather conditions. So we find it hard to meet that demand.
However the normal distribution of water is continued without
any interruption at the moment,” Ranjith Perea said.
The General Manager of the CEB, D R Pulleperuma said that they
will only be able to release water to the Kelani river for a
short while and thereafter it will not be possible as the water
levels of the reservoirs too are drastically reducing.