Drought in A’pura causing immense hardships Minister assures adequate water supply to Nuwara Wewa

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By Dayaratna Embogama  

Minister of Irrigation, Water Resources and Disaster Management, Duminda Dissanayake said that steps would be taken to supply water to the Nuwara Wewa in Anuradhapura where water levels were dangerously low in order for there to be an adequate supply of drinking water to the Anuradhapura town.   

Minister Dissanayake gave this assurance while engaging in an observation tour yesterday (30) after being informed that water levels of the Nuwara Wewa which supplies water to the Anuradhapura town were extremely low and that the authorities feared that there would be no water for drinking or for agriculture.   

Due to the prevailing drought in the Anuradhapura District, the water levels of all reservoirs had reduced drastically. Issues arisen in the supply of water by the Water Resource and Drainage Board (NWS& DB) after wells in the area also also showed signs of running dry. Water is being supplied to some areas by bowsers.   

More than 50,000 people have been adversely affected by the drought in Anuradhapura District and its suburbs with water having to be supplied by bowsers in some areas. 

A group of officers including the District Irrigation Director of Anuradhapura Prasanna de Silva had joined the observation tour.