Plans are afoot to provide a permanent solution to the acute shortage of drinking water in the Anuradhapura District by accelerating the construction of water supply schemes such as Anuradhapura North, Anuradhapura South, Maha Wilachchiya, Galenbindunuwewa, Thambuttegama, Pallugaswewa and Eppawala. These will be carried out by the Water Supply and Drainage Board.
Meanwhile, the construction work of the Medirigiriya water scheme costing Rs. 8,000 million is nearing completion.
According to a report by Daily News, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has agreed to fund Rs. 23,000 million required for the Anuradhapura North integrated water supply scheme. The preliminary planning arrangements of this scheme have been initiated. A population of 278,000 will benefit once the water supply scheme is completed.
The people of Rambewa, Medawachchiya, Padaviya, Kebeithigollewa, Kahatagasdigiliya and Horowpothana will obtain adequate drinking water from the Anuradhapura North water supply scheme.
The number of beneficiaries under the Anuradhapura South water project will be 150,000. The project costs Rs. 20,000 million.
Wahalkada and Mahakanadarawa reservoirs are water sources for the implementation of the water projects.
It is expected to provide potable water to around 22,000 persons through the proposed Mahawilachchiya water scheme. The estimated cost for it is Rs. 976 million. Families in 30 Grama Niladhari divisions will benefit.
The Thambuttegama water supply scheme needs Rs. 1,805 million for completion. About 155,000 residents in Thambuttegama, Galnewa and Thalawa divisions will get drinking water facilities when the project is complete.
Also, the Water Supply and Drainage Board envisages starting the construction work of Eppawala and Palugaswewa water schemes soon. The estimated cost for these two schemes is Rs. 2,237 million and Rs. 4,593 million respectively. The number of beneficiaries will be around 60,000.
Apart from these projects, the construction work of Ipalogama water scheme (Rs. 798 million), Oyamaduwa (Rs. 830 million), Maha Nelubewa (Rs. 130 million) and Parasangaswewa (Rs. 32 million) are nearing completion.
They will cater to a population of around 200,000.