CEB may not release water for agriculture



By Ifham Nizam


"This is a very risky situation and any damage to a major plant will hamper the CEB plans," an official said.


There is a possibility of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) suspending the release of water in the reservoirs under its purview for agricultural purposes due to the rapidly receding water levels.


The hydro storage level, by noon yesterday, was little over 20 per cent and use of thermal power was nearly 90 per cent, according to the Systems Control Department of the CEB. "This is a very risky situation and any damage to a major plant will hamper the CEB plans," an official said.


A senior Engineer told The Island yesterday that despite the low hydro storage levels, they had maintained the water capacity at between 20 and 25 per cent since mid July.


"This is an achievement considering the present crisis, however, of course, we have to heavily depend on thermal generation even at a higher cost, in order to conserve water," he added.


Meanwhile, sources also said they were hopeful that there would be rains in the catchment areas during the Maha season in October.


They, however, said that until the rains arrived, farmers would not be cultivating the Maha crops. "This means delay in agricultural production. If we are to release water without sufficient rains the reservoirs will face further problems," he added.


Meteorological Department’s Centre for Climate Change Duty Forecaster Anushka Warnasooriya told The Island that there was a possibility of inter monsoonal rains for the catchments going by the weather forecast. She also said that lightning and thunder showers and strong winds might occur during mid October.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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