Jaffna residents face clean water crisis

Jaffna residents face clean water crisis

Written by Bella Dalima

02 Feb, 2014 | 12:34 am

Jaffna was battered by the war for over three decades.

Normalcy has finally returned to the livelihoods of the people in Jaffna. However, one of the major obstacles that they face is the inability to obtain clean water.

More than 650,720 persons residing in Jaffna depend solely on well water to fulfill their drinking water needs.

Yet the water obtained from the well-bottom is not suitable for consumption.

Twenty nine small tanks supply water to the Jaffna Peninsula, but this too has been restricted to just two hours.

Coastal areas in the Jaffna Peninsula are the most affected areas due this crisis.

Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Jaffna, Dushyanthi Muhunthan says that the water crisis in the Jaffna Peninsula has been prevalent since the 1940s.

She pointed out that numerous institutions, including the National Water Supply and Drainage Board, the Department of Health and the Intellectual Committee of the University of Jaffna, have carried out tests and investigations over this issue.

The final outcome of all the tests and investigations was that water needs to be supplied to the Jaffna district.

Senior Lecturer Dushyanthi Muhunthan said “In the Jaffna Peninsula, there is no water available on the surface of the earth. Therefore, the water that is buried underground is taken for use. We conducted a study regarding this water crisis over the past six years. We identified four key issues over here. That is the high concentration of salt, the high concentration of Nitrate ( NO3- ) in the water, and the high density of the water. However, these issues were not identified in one single area but in different areas,” she said. 

As certain people in Jaffna ask for water, there are some who say other-wise.


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