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Nearly 49 per cent of water supplied to Colombo is lost due to leakages in the distribution pipe system, incurring a considerable loss, Deputy General Manager of the Colombo Water Supply Service Project Eng. Abdul Rasheed said.

He also added that the project funded by the Asian Development Bank will ensure that 60 per cent of all pipes in Colombo are replaced.

“The water distribution pipe network which supplies drinking water is over 100 years old and is not sufficient to cater to the current and future requirements of the city with the Port City that is coming up,” he said. To meet this growing need, this renovation will see the water distribution pipe network of 960 km being replaced at a cost of Rs. 40 billion,” he added. Eng. Rasheed said that the project is funded by the Asian Development Bank and will be completed by 2020.

“Colombo has been divided into four divisions, of which we have noticed a considerable decrease in the amount of water wastage, of up to 18 per cent in some areas. We are hopeful that with the completion of this project, not only will residents have an uninterrupted water supply, but that it will also be efficiently managed,” Eng. Rasheed added.

He added that there have been excavations in many parts of Colombo which has been an inconvenience to the public. “Since the inception of the project, we have run into many obstacles to do with retaining staff. We have requested that they work from 9 pm to 5 am the following day and some have vacated their posts after short periods,” he said.

“Due to this delay in finding the right people, there had been unfinished projects, some of which are on the main road,” he said.

He asked citizens to assist the Water Board in this regard as this has also led to traffic congestion, diversion of road routes, temporary closures, limited parking facilities, dust and noise.

“There have also been complicated situations with underground power lines since we also found telecommunication lines and drainage water systems and have had to use manual labour instead of machinery which has caused much inconvenience. We regret these issues and ask for citizens’ cooperation until the project is complete.” (eurasiareview)

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  • Dias Monday, 01 April 2019 09:58 AM

    As the project manager why you guys waited 100 years to repair it. If the water board did renovations part by part, up to today, there will not be any inconvenience to public or burning cost to the government. Start from the bottom, not from the top.

    Water board Monday, 01 April 2019 11:59 AM

    Colombo water supply managed my CMC until Water Board takeover recently. So It was CMC faults not Water Board. For your information please.

    PARAMANATHAN K Monday, 01 April 2019 12:55 PM

    Water leaking from the supply lines is grave mistake of Water Board. But the wors situation is people are washing cars and houses using treated water. It is a colossus waste of a national asset.

    N.P Monday, 01 April 2019 01:03 PM

    This proves beyond doubt that we have best judiciary system in the world.

    Yehiya Monday, 01 April 2019 01:29 PM

    Dehiwela water board never pick the phone after 3.30 PM.


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