Written by Staff Writer
14 Sep, 2016 | 9:08 pm
Insufficient rainfall for over past few weeks, has left many districts in distress.
The Thamankaduwa , Welikanda, Lankapura and Dimbulagama Divisional Secretariat areas in Polonnaruwa have been gravely affected by the dry weather.
Water levels at the Parakrama Samudraya have dropped to 30 percent as of Wednesday evening, while water levels at the Girithale , Kantale, Minneriya and Kaudulla Reservoirs have also dropped drastically.
Reservoir – Capacity at present
Girithale – 20 %
Minneriya – 25 %
Kantale – 23 %
Kaudulla – 16 %
Source : Water management Secretariat
As depletion of water sources is on the rise, locals in Polonnaruwa are faced with a drinking water crisis.
The Anuradhapura District was also affected by the dry weather.
Tisawewa Irrigation Tank which has a capacity of 3,440 acre feet had dropped to 790 acre feet.
The water level of the Nuwara Wewa has reduced to 16,500 acre feet as of Wednesday morning.
Many areas in Trincomalee, Moneragala, Anuradhaura and Hambantota have also been affected by the dry weather and levels of Mahaweli Reservoirs have also dropped drastically.
According to the Mahaweli Authority, levels of most reservoirs are below 30 percent.
Water levels of the Victoria Reservoir have dropped to 63 % while the levels of Randenigala Reservour was at 41 %.
Due to absence of rains for several weeks, the bottom gates of the Kothmale Reservoir were opened in a bid to supply water to the farm lands in surrounding areas.
The Mahawelia Authority has raised caution when using the Pahala Kothmalke Oya and the Mahaweli River in the coming days.
Water levels of reservoirs and irrigation tanks administered by the Department of irrigation have dropped to 40 percent.
The Ceylon Electricity Board says that hydro power generation has dropped to 20 percent adding that there will be no power cuts as the supply is being met through thermal and wind power generation.
According to the National Water Supply and Drainage Board the daily water consumption in many areas has increased due to the dry weather.
Chairman of the Board, A.A.Anzar said that consumption in Colombo has increased by five to six percent.
The National Water Supply and Drainage Board added that bowsers will be dispatched to supply water to affected areas and complaints have been made citing that pipe water is not sufficiently provided to higher ground.
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