Govt. wants special meters installed for agro-wells

Published : 12:03 am  July 21, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (118) reads | 
  • Cost per meter: Rs.250,000

 

The govt. will not charge money from farmers for using water for agricultural purposes

 

Untitled-5By Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera   

The government has requested the public to install special meters at groundwater sources in order to set prices for water obtained for agricultural and industrial purposes, said Anura Kumara Dissanayake, JVP leader and chief opposition whip.   

He told Parliament that the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) had requested people in writing to install special meters provided by NWSDB at a cost of Rs.250,000 each.   


“The farmers have been asked to cover their agro-wells with concrete slabs. However, they find it difficult to buy these expensive meters,” he said.   


Meanwhile, State Minister Palitha Range Bandara said the NWSDB had taken measures to safeguard and regulate groundwater sources.   


“Groundwater sources are limited and at a risk of diminishing due to the increasing number of tube wells, especially in the dry zone. This initiative was taken to manage and keep track of groundwater used for different purposes. The government will not charge money from farmers for using water for agricultural purposes,” he said.   

 

He told Parliament that the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) had requested people in writing to install special meters provided by NWSDB at a cost of Rs.250,000 each.   


“The farmers have been asked to cover their agro-wells with concrete slabs. However, they find it difficult to buy these expensive meters,” he said.   


Meanwhile, State Minister Palitha Range Bandara said the NWSDB had taken measures to safeguard and regulate groundwater sources.   


“Groundwater sources are limited and at a risk of diminishing due to the increasing number of tube wells, especially in the dry zone. This initiative was taken to manage and keep track of groundwater used for different purposes. The government will not charge money from farmers for using water for agricultural purposes,” he said.