July 13, Colombo: Although the National Water Supply and Drainage Board has implemented 16 water supply schemes in the Jaffna Peninsula, only about 9 percent of the six-million population in the peninsula receive pipe-borne water, according to the government.
The lack of suitable water resources is the main impediment to the implementation of drinking water projects in Jaffna, the government says. As a solution it has been decided to establish a seawater treatment plant.
In addition it has been proposed to store water from rains from October to December in about 10 square kilometer area of the Vadamarachchi lagoon to be used in a water supply project.
The Cabinet of Ministers has given approval to a proposal put forward by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs to conduct a comprehensive feasibility study in collaboration with relevant Government Institutions and the Northern Provincial Council considering data and information relating to the research already carried out on the proposal.