Waters Edge

Government hiked charges for pipe-borne water last month as part of a string of subsidy reversals. Government hiked charges for pipe-borne water last month as part of a string of subsidy reversals. However pipe borne water accounts for a fraction of the water consumed in Sri Lanka.

Subsidies continue for most of the other water that is channeled through government maintained infrastructure for free.

Experts say Water needs to be recognized as an “economic-good” because it is limited and needs to be distributed to many people.

Water is life for farmers like Sumana of Naalla.

If the fields of Naalla are not planted every season she doesn’t have work. Some times, like last year, the rainfall is not enough for growing a paddy crop.

“We didn’t work last season. This season we managed because there was enough rain. Last season there was no rain. If there was water we could have worked that season as well. There’s no use if we can’t work to schedule,” says Sumana Nissanka, Farmer, Naalla

These farmers in the outskirts of the Western province depend on rain fed f