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Common mechanism to resolve water woes

PM to chair stakeholder’s meeting next week :

A common mechanism that will apply to the whole country for a strategic means to resolve issues arising from both water and waste management will be formulated.

This was announced at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister’s Secretary Gamini Senarath, held at Temple Trees. Officials from 15 state institutions including the Ministry of Water Supply, Irrigation, agriculture and Tanks, Reservoirs and Irrigation Development, Mahaweli, Infrastructure Development, Mahaweli Authority, Department of Irrigation among others were present.

The first meeting of the committee will be held next week under the leadership of the Prime Minister where the committee members will be expected to share their experiences and come to a common understanding on the way forward in keeping with the policy of ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour.’

The purpose of the committee will be to resolve water woes through the efficient use of natural resources and conservation. The committee will also review existing policies to form an integrated water resource management and development plan.

The committee is expected to consider existing policies which are executed to meet the demand for water, formulation of strategies for collaboration between state agencies, ensuring adequate water supply to all, development of existing water resources, conservation and water management. The attention of the committee was also directed to water woes where there is an increased disparity in water supply in several places.

Prime Minister’s Secretary Gamini Senarath drew attention to the issues faced by individuals residing in housing schemes emphasizing that there is no orderly water and sewage system.

It was also mentioned that sporadic and ad-hoc constructions on drainage lines have been one of the main causes of floods and rehabilitation of such roads or waterways need to be curtained or managed.

It was reported that floods in the Western Province have become an annual occurrence causing more than $300 million in damages. It was revealed at the meeting that there was no shortage of water in the country and only 50% of the total water supply was being utilized while the rest was wasted.

The new committee, which will begin work next week is scheduled to meet once a month to address these issues relating to water resource management. It was decided that the committee would submit its project proposals and recommendations to the respective institution for further action.