Sri Lanka to regulate water services industry


May 03, 2017 (LBO) – Sri Lanka seeks to regulate water services industry by introducing a new law which includes guidelines to regularizing the sector.

Water Supply Minister Rauff Hakeem said efficient regulation is required to protect water consumer rights as well as to attract investments.

Economic and technical regulation for water services is currently vested with the Public Utilities Commission, but water supply services by local government agencies and community based organizations do not come under its supervision.

It has been proposed to assign National Water Supply and Drainage Board as the ‘Operator’ while enforcing Public Utilities Commission as the ‘Regulator’ in the proposed law.

Cabinet approval has been signified to instruct legal draftsman to draft Water Services Industries Bill for regularizing this industry.

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