The government has assured that water tariffs will not be increased under any circumstances while it will also not disconnect water connections over the non-payment of monthly bills during the curfew period.
Speaking during a media briefing at the Government Information Department today, Minister of Water Supply Vasudeva Nanayakkara said the government from the start of the pandemic was implementing a policy to not disconnect any water connections of households that were under any quarantine or curfew regulations.
Minister Nanayakkara said they will not inconvenience persons who are facing various hardships due to curfew regulations.
Meanwhile, Secretary to the Ministry of Water Supply Priyath Bandu Wickrama said they have taken additional measures when laying pipelines to provide new water connections and avoid damaging roads.
The Secretary acknowledged that there are issues and at times they are compelled to dig across roads in certain areas to connect households to main water lines.
He said they are looking into possibilities to avoid damaging main and byroads and holding discussions with contractors to lay pipelines on both sides of the roads when constructing new roads.
The Secretary assured that in future they will take all measures to avoid digging roads and also to renovate roads that get damaged if they have to lay pipelines across main roads.