Hydropower stations supply more electricity

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Hydro- electric power which had dropped to an all-time low of 14 percent due to the drought has now increased to 30 percent with the monsoon rains in catchment areas, a spokesman said yesterday.

Due to the prolonged dry spell, the water levels of the major reservoirs had dropped, compelling the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) to depend on thermal power for the country’s electricity requirements.

However, the central hills have experienced rainfall during the last few days. Two sluice gates of the Laxapana Reservoir were opened yesterday to discharge excess water. The area experienced a rainfall of 100 millimeters.

The water levels of Castlereagh and Maussakele Reservoirs have also risen. (Ranjith Rajapakshe)
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  • Gampolaya Monday, 29 October 2012 01:48 AM

    At last i can press my shirt without any interruption!

    Citizen Kane Monday, 29 October 2012 02:58 AM

    when can the fuel charge for the electricity bill be removed.

    chamil Monday, 29 October 2012 12:00 AM

    Great news for the entire nation via DM Android App

    mamath Monday, 29 October 2012 03:29 AM

    We Sri Lankans work, enjoy, study, travel, (do whatever activity consuming electricity) when its RAINS..otherwise we SLEEP..No wander we are a developing nation for 50++ years..

    weha Monday, 29 October 2012 03:50 AM

    It is just plain stupid and shows how our people plan for the future.
    first keep in mind that rain is not common as it was sometime back. so depending on water to provide us electricity is not a good idea.
    next if we use all the water it will show profits in short term (most probably thats the plan of the minister) but it will drain the tanks and we will have powercuts again.
    the best thing is to start going for alternate energy sources. may be costly at first but it will help us in the long term. regular power cuts isn't a good thing for the development of a country.lot of industries suffer from this.

    weha Monday, 29 October 2012 03:51 AM

    Never. Simply because nothing is removed once it is added in this paradise :).
    everything goes up but never comes down. well if newton was here right now he would have thought of gravity in a whole new way ha ha ha

    ABC Monday, 29 October 2012 12:00 AM

    Now it is time to reduce our electricity tariff by 16%. Let's play fair via DM Android App

    Neva glnth ban choon Tuesday, 30 October 2012 06:29 AM

    But the reservoirs will soon be drained to "remove the silt". and the history repeats again and again.


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