India hands over water harvesting project to Sri Lanka

India has handed over a water harvesting project here to Sri Lanka with a hope that it would popularise the process for recharging underground aquifers in the country.

Last Updated: Sep 15, 2010, 20:54 PM IST

Colombo: India has handed over a water
harvesting project here to Sri Lanka with a hope that it would
popularise the process for recharging underground aquifers in
the country.

Officials of the Indian High Commission here handed
over the project on Artificial Recharge of Ground Water
Resources at the Export Processing Zone in Katunyake to Sri
Lankan authorities at a ceremony held yesterday.

The ceremony was attended by Commercial Counsellor in
the Indian High Commission Manish and Chairman of the Water
Resources Board Munesinghe among others.

The project was initiated by the government of India
following discussions during the 14th SAARC Summit on water
security within the region, the Indian High Commission said in
a statement.

The project was implemented by the Lankan government`s
Water Resources Board with the active cooperation of Indian
experts. The total cost of the project (SLR 11.2 million) was
funded by India.

It involved construction of artificial recharge
structures, such as one recharge trench, one recharge pit, two
ring wells, eleven recharge tube wells and ten Piezometers,
the statement said.

The main objective of the project is to display the
effectiveness of rain water harvesting in supplementing and
improving the sustainability of water resources at local
level.

This is through storing rain water in structures on
ground or for artificially recharging ground water resources.

Besides, the project will help in popularising rain
water harvesting for direct use or recharging underground
aquifers, it said.

PTI