Water for Anuradhapura to cost Rs. 1,884.9 m
of the rural people are in dire need of improved sanitation and drinking
water. According to the WHO reports eight people out of 10 in Asian and
African periphery don't have proper access to potable drinking water.
The main reason for child mortality in South Asia is the outbreak of
diarrhoea and 88% of the deaths is reported to be due to unprotected
drinking water and poor sanitation facilities.
As estimated 1.2 billion of the world population of which 778 million
Asians are used to open air defecation.
This primitive habit is one of the major causes for the pollution of
water resources. Spread of renal diseases in the region has been
attributed to polluted drinking water been.
The preliminary reason for majority of the diseases from which the
people in NCP suffered was the drinking habit of polluted and the
contaminated water has been identified as the principal cause for most
of the diseases the people of the NCP has been fallen victim, according
to the Provincial Health Services Director Dr. W. Atapatthu. There are
around 20,000 kidney patients being treated, Dr. Atapatthu said.A number
of water supply schemes is under construction in Anuradhapura at a total
cost of Rs. 1,884.9 million. The Water Supply and Drainage Board's North
Central Deputy General Manager L.L.A. Peiris told the Sunday Observer.