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Jul 28, 2011 11:44:40 AM - itnnews.lk

How can the country contribute to conserving power by using it sparingly. If the nation discharges this task to their best, it would be much beneficial to the country. The water levels of reservoirs affiliated to hydro power plants are fast declining. This is mainly attributed to the non-experiencing of the South West monsoonal rains which were expected in the last few months. Heavy rain fall is experienced in the catchment areas during the monsoonal rains. However the rains did not come as expected resulting in this situation. It has surfaced in the face of climatic changes experienced worldwide. The water in the Castle Reigh reservoir remains at seven percent. At Maussakele it is only 14 percent.

Under these circumstances, it is difficult for many reservoirs to generate hydro power. However there is a sigh of relief as some rain had been experienced in reservoirs affiliated to power plants including Laxapana. Even though a difficult situation has arisen in the power generation process, it is the desire of the Electricity Board to continuously supply power taking into consideration several reasons including the G.C.E. Advanced Level Examination that is slated to be held next month. The nation can assist in this task by using electricity sparingly.

The power consumption peak time is from 6.00 to 10.00 p.m. This is attributed to the viewing of news, tele-dramas and other entertainment programmes by the public. But the public can assist by refraining from using electrical appliances such as irons, water heaters and water pumping machines.