The countrys largest city is running short of water as the state looks to the private sector to bridge a widening gap in supply to Greater Colombo.
A privately operated and managed 40 MGD endash Million Gallons per Day (185,000 cubic metre) treatment plant is to take off on the right bank of the Kelani River.rn
rnWater production is largely in the hands of the state owned and managed National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB), supplying some 1,848,000 customers.rn
rnldblquote We have estimated that there is a shortfall of some 30 mn gallons of water per day, supplying Colombo especially in places in North of Colombo like Gampaha
dblquote , says Premakumar Fernando, Deputy GM Finance of the NWSDB.rn
rnStudies have been done and Requests for Proposals (RFP) documents are to be issued shortly, but the project has already attracted a number of unsolicited proposals.rn
rnAccording to the proposed structure, the plant will be set up at a cost of US$ 33 mn on a Build, Own and Transfer (B