100 families in Ampara village faced with water shortage | Daily News


100 families in Ampara village faced with water shortage

Residents of the Mangalagama village on the Ampara border of the Batticaloa District are facing severe difficulties due to the lack of proper drinking water.

There are 100 families in the village and once a week, water is pumped to the water tanks installed by the Chenkaladi Provincial Local Council bowsers, but it is not enough for drinking and does not even last longer than two weeks, residents said.

By now, water pipes have been installed at a distance of 1km and 1.5km on both sides of the village, but they have not been able to provide a pipeline to their village for about two to three years now, they added.

G.H. Maheshika, a school student, said that there are days when they do not have water to wash their face before going to school. She added that pumping water to the tanks once a week is insufficient and called on authorities to look into the matter.

"If this water runs out, we have to walk a kilometre to the main road. Sometimes the main road does not have water, so we then have to go to the closest stream, which is 3km away. That stream only has water during the rainy seasons."

She and many others called on officials to support the village by providing pipe-borne drinking water. When inquired about the issue, the Regional Manager of the Ampara Water Supply Board said that he was not aware of the issue.

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