Sri Lanka Celebrates World Water Day
Sri Lanka Celebrated World Water Day under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Temple Trees, today.
This year’s theme of the World Water Day was “Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible”. It highlights the importance of groundwater in the adaptation for water and sanitation systems, agriculture, industries, ecosystems, and climate change.
The President declared open the Kalutara, Agalawatta and Matugama water supply schemes via video technology, providing a solution to the mixing of saltwater into freshwater sources in the Kalutara District.
The Prime Minister launched an insurance scheme for the members of community-based organizations functioning under the Department of National Community Water Supply and presented prizes and certificates to the winners of the competition held among school children by the National Water Supply and Drainage Board. The National Policy Framework ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour’ pledged to provide safe drinking water to all.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that the objective of the government is to provide clean drinking water to all the people of the country by 2025. Sri Lanka’s largest seawater recycling project has commenced in the Jaffna Peninsula. Although it is expensive, the project should be done to fulfill the water requirements of people in the North, the Prime Minister further said.
President Rajapaksa launched the Digital Technology Programme, becoming the first utility establishment in South Asia to provide customer service via social media platforms.