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National Water Resources and Drainage Board Chairman Karunasena Hettiarachchi said that the water rates would be increased soon.

The board had not increased the rates for three years, but it would be compelled to increase them due to the higher cost of electricity, fluctuations of the rupee and other costs, said Mr. Hettiarachchi, speaking to “Lankadipa” (Jayantha Samarakoon)
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  • Cobra Friday, 06 July 2012 04:27 AM

    It appears that the high costs are affecting only these institutions and keep on increasing their cost of services but as if does not affect us our salaries and pensions remain the same. Blackmailers, all of them!

    R.Dias Friday, 06 July 2012 10:45 AM

    A SUPPLY LINE HAS CRACKED IN MALABE MAIN HIGHWAY.......WATER IS GUSHING OUT @ 1L per second...

    Amarathunga Chandika Friday, 06 July 2012 04:48 AM

    Well said. If we reserve all our earnings to pay the utility bills, how to eat? how to euducate our children? if the Govt. has fallen into debts, why then get more and more loans showing bogus developments.

    Pol Haraka Friday, 06 July 2012 05:09 AM

    i guess we have to pay for water to god in USD.. i didn't know we had to deal with USD with god.. lol

    Water is for freee, god has given it for free.. oh my god, help them

    Godagampala Rohana Friday, 06 July 2012 05:17 AM

    Hay Govt. don't tax the poor masses too much. Some families eat only once and for the balance two meals they only drink water. Its a curse for our country to beat the poor mans tommy, mind it.

    Kiris Banda Amaray Friday, 06 July 2012 05:20 AM

    Elections are nearing and its not the right decision to increase the water bills. This is a Warning from a valued citizen of SriLanka.

    Godagamapala Rohana Friday, 06 July 2012 05:30 AM

    Yes, well said, no one cares for any increases, it does-not mean the down fall will never strike the Govt. How long they could cheat the people.

    MMN Friday, 06 July 2012 05:38 AM

    VERY GOOD REASONS...... Rupee fluctuation and high cost of electricity

    Raja gathiya Friday, 06 July 2012 05:55 AM

    in otherwords isn't this government admitting that it cant afford the cost of utilities (living) themselves?

    sahdi Friday, 06 July 2012 12:09 PM

    KOHIDA YANNE.........MALLE POLL...

    Dadoriya Friday, 06 July 2012 06:06 AM

    Up up and a way we go, what a wonderful country. Nothing like going up!

    worried house wife Friday, 06 July 2012 06:06 AM

    Minister says Rs 7500/= enough for the 3 people in one house now as the water is been increase the people will not wash their clothes or take bath they will be smelling
    1. FOOD ITEAMS
    (MILK POWDER)
    2. ELECTCITY
    3 WATER
    4 BUS FARE
    ALL THIS WITH RS 7500/=
    THIS IS WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE POOR
    PEOPLE OF SRI LANKA

    dasa Thursday, 05 July 2012 08:41 PM

    Oh thanks so much i feel great ...
    All people come and join us to screw this government !

    union Thursday, 05 July 2012 09:43 PM

    Are we going back to river bank to spend the rest of our life? History repeats and we are again becoming cave man.

    Just Another Citizen Friday, 06 July 2012 06:45 AM

    There is water leaking from underground pipes at Ward Place, Borella Cross Road and Borella Junction, and I'm sure there are more across the country. Why don't you fix those first?

    the truth Thursday, 05 July 2012 10:18 PM

    nowadays as according to the news....people get water bills even when there is no water from the taps.......more burden to follow.....

    CHANDRAPALA Thursday, 05 July 2012 11:54 PM

    Stop water wastage and improve your service without giving an extra burden to the general public who are trying to meet both end these days due to soaring cost of living in the country.

    Aiyo salli Friday, 06 July 2012 12:31 AM

    How does "fluctuations of the rupee" affect water supply? I didn't know that we import water too. The board had not increased the rates for three years ? What kind of fuzzy logic is that?

    Nikang Perera Friday, 06 July 2012 12:57 AM

    Not increased for three years?

    This should go into Guinness book.

    Why not hold on for another year and make a bigger record?

    Em Friday, 06 July 2012 12:59 AM

    Baduma thamai....

    Rishard Friday, 06 July 2012 01:22 AM

    Who cares these days when everything is going up. But please add two more reasons for the increase.

    daya Friday, 06 July 2012 01:39 AM

    Not a bad decision as far as the utility bill alone match the salary of an average earning man he can starve to death... All are arbitrary decision not a policy decision considering the repel effect.

    SB Friday, 06 July 2012 01:36 AM

    "miracle of Asia!"
    Can somebody explain how the fluctuations of the rupee affects water supply??

    kuthbuddin Friday, 06 July 2012 08:00 AM

    yes you increase the water electricity muncipal tax after you meet these condition
    1 depricate the dollor to 50 rupees
    2 increse minimum salaery 100.000
    3 start hourly pay for the workers
    4 close all big companies which run on the loss and burden to our money which is by way of taxes you collect from us for every product we consume.
    5 go to every house hold and talk to them how you can improve their lives and show a way to earn more money.
    we can be mirical of asia

    Farzan Friday, 06 July 2012 09:00 AM

    What is the relationship between fluctuation of Rupee and locally supplied water. I hope we are not importing water in Sri Lanka.

    Nodrog Friday, 06 July 2012 02:54 AM

    Close road-side taps and collect monies due from the govt institutions, ministers houses etc instead of penalizing those who pay their bills regularly making them pay for your inefficiencies.

    Farzan Friday, 06 July 2012 09:02 AM

    House rent itself comes more Rs.7,500 in Colombo and suburb.

    backstreet boys Friday, 06 July 2012 02:53 AM

    everything goes up except our income & Savings

    Dee Friday, 06 July 2012 02:48 AM

    Very good, this must be done during drought and then reduced when ample rain, you should see how people waste water especially in col 10-15. they use it as if its god send with no regard for a fast depleting natural resource. the same goes for the suburb people who feel urban water comes off a water fall. same goes for electricity, no regard for it, still uses 60/75W normal bulbs. simply because bed/living/dining all in the same room. our people will only learn from two things, stomach and wallet. The only place to hit. dont even think about brains, we aint have em, dem only in certificates.

    Farzan Friday, 06 July 2012 09:05 AM

    I heard people in Hemmathagam, (Mawanella Electorate). Used to get bills only for rental as there is no supply of water due lower pressure in water supply.

    Sudarshana Friday, 06 July 2012 03:58 AM

    Well said. Heading towards an Achcharya Sri Lanka.

    Bushel Friday, 06 July 2012 10:02 AM

    With this kind of logic our blood pressure is fluctuating


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