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News


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 River.
“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.