Written by Tharushan Fernando
20 Mar, 2016 | 9:37 pm
Water issues which had plagued several areas in the Matara District is yet to be resolved. The situation has now affected the Matara town as well.
On March 14, News1st reported on the water crisis that is being experienced in several areas in the Matara district.The issue which was limited only to a few areas is now being experienced in several towns and villages in the district.
Even though the National Water Supply and Drainage Board has taken measures to distribute water in bowsers to these areas, residents say that the water supplied is insufficient for their requirements.
The cause of the crisis is attributed to the influx of salt water as a result of the receding water levels of the Nilwala River.
Water pumped from the Akuressa, Kadduwa, Balakawala and Naadugala water treatment plants are refined at the Malimbada Water Treatment Plant.
The National Water Supply and Drainage Board had to close down the Naadugala water treatment plant on several occassions due to the mixture of excessive salt water.
The mixture of salt water is an annual happening, as a result of the reduction of water levels in the Nilwala River.However, no measures have been taken to find a permanent solution to the issue.
As a temporary solution to the issue, the Water Board installed a salt barrier on March 14 .However, residents charge that this is not a permanent solution to the issue.
Meanwhile, Southern Province Education Minister Chandima Rasaputhra enagaged in an inspection tour of several schools in the Matara District.The tour was aimed at inquiring into the manner in which the schools have been affected by the water crisis.
When inquiries were made from the Co-Chairman of the Matara District Development Committee, State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, he said that a permanent solution will be provided to this water crisis over the next few days.
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