Providing safe drinking water for every citizen was a top priority for Mahinda Rajapaksa during his Presidency.
Providing safe drinking water for every citizen was a top priority for Mahinda Rajapaksa during his Presidency. Under his guidance, various initiatives were implemented to provide access to safe drinking water for all the citizens at an affordable cost.
As recognised by the United Nations in its Report on Sri Lanka’s Progress and Key Achievements on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the country reached a significant milestone in 2013 by being able to provide 90 percent of the population with access to safe drinking water.
The Mahinda Chintana – Vision for the Future proposed using the Kalu River and the Kelani River for agricultural development as well as to provide potable water for communities in the Southern, North Western, North Central and Northern Provinces. Toward further fulfilling this commitment, the Kalu River Water Supply Project was expected to benefit 250,000 people and was on track to being completed in 2015. The construction work of the Moragahakanda Development Project was also in progress to assure domestic water supply for residents of Matale, Anuradhapura, Trincomalee and Polonnaruwa Districts.
The Government of then President Rajapaksa also identified the need among the people of the Northern Province to access safe drinking water. Water resources in this region were destroyed during the war primarily through the deliberate acts of the LTTE terrorist group. Supplying additional water to the tanks in the area through the Moragahakanda and other Mahaweli projects was expected to improve the water challenges of this region.
Furthermore, construction work of the Jaffna Kilinochchi Water Supply and Sanitation Project also commenced during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Presidency and would have benefited 300,000 families in the former war zone. The rehabilitation of 62 large and medium-scale tanks in the Northern Province was also underway.
During the District Development Meeting held in Jaffna in October 2014, then President Rajapaksa instructed officials to expedite the implementation of these projects.