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This web log is a news and views blog. The primary aim is to provide an avenue for the expression and collection of ideas on sustainable, fair, and just, grassroot level development. Some of the topics that the blog will specifically address are: poverty reduction, rural development, educational issues, social empowerment, post-Tsunami relief and reconstruction, livelihood development, environmental conservation and bio-diversity. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Sri Lanka to introduce national rainwater policy

Tuesday, March 22, 2005, 17:41 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka:

Mar 22, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has drafted a national rainwater policy that will be placed before the general public for their comments, announced Urban Development and Water Supply Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at a seminar to mark World Water Day today at Sausiripaya in Colombo.

The aim of the introduction of rainwater harvesting is to encourage people to use rainwater to meet the various needs of day-to-day life other than drinking purposes. The Ministry will initiate action to set up water tanks around the country and it will be made compulsory to include a water tank for the harvesting of rainwater when new buildings are constructed.

“We are blessed with water and we have been making the best use of water for centuries, [but] there seems to be a water scarcity in the country today,” Minister Gunawardena said. “Many reasons have been attributed for this state of affairs and several other alternatives have been introduced by modern technology. But we should know better in choosing them.”

Deputy Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, Prof. C.B. Dissanayake of Peradeniya University, chairman of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) Lal Seneviratne, and others from the NWSDB and Natural Resources Ministry also spoke at the event."

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