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Thursday, 21 March 2019 - 13:05
Electricity generation faces a crisis, reservoir water levels drop to 9 per cent
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The Ministry of Power and renewable energy has stated that production of hydropower is being challenged as a consequence of prevailing dry weather,.

Media Spokesman for the Ministry, Sulakshana Jayawardena said that steps have been taken to cope with the situation without implementing power cuts.

Water levels in all main reservoirs in the vicinity of Power Plants are dropping daily due to the lack of rain.

 Reports state that the water level at  Castleray Reservoir has reduced to 9%

Water levels at Moussa-kelle 26.5%.

Kotmale reservoir 34.2%

and the water level at Samanalawewa Reservoir has dropped to 19%.

Meanwhile due to the prevailing heat,  consumption of electricity has increased.

The use of Air Conditioners and fans have increased , and power being utilised by refrigerators shows a considerable increase as well.

The Media Spokesman for the Ministry of Power and renewable energy Sulakshana Jayawardena said that as a result, managing hydropower production has become a challenge.

He said that in order to solve this crisis, use of private automatic generators will be encouraged and that a payment will be made in the future.
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