The Colombo Water Supply Service Improvement Project was launched by the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) with the assistance of the government and the Asian Development Bank. Under this project, Colombo will get an efficient water supply making the service financially viable, said Colombo Water Supply Project Director Engineer Abdul Razeed at a press briefing at the Water Supply Project office in Wellawatte recently. The Project Director said the project costs Rs. 40 billion and the pipe system in Colombo city is about 960km long, of which approximately 60 percent will be replaced with new pipes. Currently, there are about 600,000 people living in Colombo city and another 400,000 people travelling daily to Colombo for various purposes. Nearly 140,000 houses have pipe-borne water. However, the current water pipeline network which supplies drinking water to consumers is over 150 years old. It is also not sufficient to cater to current as well as future requirements of the city. People living in certain areas receive water only for six to ten hours a day and the supply is limited in off-peak hours. Approximately, 3,000,000 cubic metres of treated water is supplied ...