The crisis in the supply of water to Colombo which had been disrupted for more than 72 hours has not been fully normalized despite it was restored say reports.
The pipeline supplying water to Colombo was raised when the bridge at the Battaramulla – Parliament Road junction was raised to allow pleasure boats to sail under it. This was done without consulting engineers of the Water Supply and Drainage Board on an arbitrary order from the Urban Development Authority. Due to inexperience of those who handled the undertaking a coupling burst and people in many parts of Colombo had to undergo immense suffering without water. After 72 hours the pipeline was restored but not in a scientific manner. As a result the coupling is unable to stand the pressure and to prevent a breakdown only two pumps can be used instead of the required three pumps.
As only two pumps are used the pressure would be very low and it would take 8 more hours to supply all the areas in Colombo. The low pressure in the supply would continue say reports.