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State Minister inspects A’pura North Phase I Water Project

Renewable Energy Sources Development State Minister Duminda Dissanayake inspecting the water purification plant of the Anuradhapura North Phase I Water Project.
Renewable Energy Sources Development State Minister Duminda Dissanayake inspecting the water purification plant of the Anuradhapura North Phase I Water Project.

The government is endeavouring to provide potable water to every family in the country by 2024. There are three mega water supply projects emerging in the Anuradhapura District under this programme - Anuradhapura North Phase I and II and Thambuththegama Water Projects. The projects cost around Rs. 48,000 million. The Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) and the Chinese Government have offered financial aid for the projects, Renewable Energy Sources Development State Minister Duminda Dissanayake said.

The State Minister was addressing the media following an official observation tour at the water purification plant of the Anuradhapura North Phase I Water Project which is under construction close to Maha Kanadarawa Reservoir which is the main water source for Phase I. It was revealed that an additional volume of water would be supplied to the Mahakanadarawa Tank along Upper Elahera Canal starting from the Moragahakanda Reservoir by 2024.

It was disclosed that a sum of Rs. 11,515 million is spent for the completion of the project which would cater to 25,000 families in Medawachchiya and Rambewa DS divisions which are identified as Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) prone locations in the districts. The National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) informed the State Minister that around 90 percent of the construction work is over and COVID-19 pandemic has thwarted the acceleration of construction work. The water intake has a capacity of 33,600 cubic metres and the water treatment plant is capable of purifying 9,400 cubic metres of water per day.

According to engineers, three ground reservoirs are constructed at Rambewa, Pihimbiyagollewa and Medawachchiya and four water towers with a capacity of 4,000 cubic metres in each at Ethakada, Isinbessagala, Pihimbiyagollewa and Rambewa are also constructed under the Phase I. The State Minister urged the Engineering staff of the project to have the water project completed within the shortest possible period.