Minister Dinesh Gunawardena has warned that a water crisis cannot be averted if action was not initiated to protect the water resources. He emphasized that it is the responsibility of everyone to save water.
The Minister said that the country would encounter a serious crisis, if the water resources are not protected. He emphasized that if there was any place in the country providing water harmful to the health, the National Water Supply and Drainage Board had the full authority to mediate in the crisis.
The Minister was speaking at a function held at the Diyadam-Piyasa Training premises of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board at Polgolla in Kandy. The water levels of many Reservoirs have gone down as rain had not been experienced a long period.
Water at the Victoria Reservoir is sufficient for the generation of power only for a few days. Also there is only 13 percent water for the generation of power at the Kotmale Reservoir. The annual power generation of power at this Reservoir is 455 million Units. Water is only sufficient for 14 days, if one million Units are generated daily under the prevailing conditions. The dry climatic condition prevailing within the vicinity of the Reservoirs has led to a drastic decline in the water levels. Water resources have also dried up. Deforestation and fires had been reported in areas adjacent to the Reservoirs. This is also a leading factor for the decrease in the water levels. Therefore it is the obligation of every citizen to use electricity and water sparingly.