Overhead tanks a must to collect rain water
The Water Supply Ministry will soon implement new regulations where
owners who construct houses, buildings and industrial complexes will
have to build overhead tanks to collect rain water.
Water Supply Minister Mahindananda Amaraweera told the `Sunday
Observer' that the objective of implementing such a program was to
encourage consumers to stop wasting drinking water unnecessarily for
agricultural and washing purposes.
He said this program will also be extended to all other houses and
other places which have been already constructed, since it will
immensely benefit the National Water Supply and Drainage Board who
annually spends heavily on purifying water and the household in their
endeavour to save money on water used by them for washing and
Minister Amaraweera also said that Government spends Rs. 27 to purify
each unit of water. "But, we earn a mere Rs. 1.27 from consumers for a
unit of purified water." He said the Government has no intention of
increasing water bills and burdening consumers at this juncture.