April 1, 2015
JICA entered into agreement with Japanese small and Medium Enterprise, "Tesco Asia Co. Ltd" on 25th March 2015 in Japan for implementation of verification survey to test its technologies for applying reduction of the NRW in Sri Lanka. The Regional Support Centre, Central (RSC-Central) of National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) implement the verification survey with Tesco Asia Co. Ltd of Japan.
The prevailing the NRW percentage at Kandy district is about 34% while the island wide percentage is about 33%. Therefore the reduction of the NRW is paramount importance in improving NWSDB's operational efficiency and eventually increases of its revenue. On the other hand the reductions of the NRW will also cause to relieve the stress of utilization of existing water resources for production of water and ease the requirement of new infrastructure investment which need to fill the demand gap. The NRW is account of Water Meter errors, Reading errors, Recording errors, Billing errors, Water leak, illegal consumption and Estimation errors. Tesco Asia Co. Ltd in collaboration of NWSDB will see the possibility of adopting Japanese technology for reducing the NRW in Sri Lanka.
"At the moment, we have nine ongoing projects in the water sector. We have given emphasis on the NRW reduction in all JICA funded projects. The activities under this project are concentrated only on the NRW reduction, as the NRW is one of the priority problems to be solved in the sector, Mr. Kiyoshi Amada, Chief Representative of JICA Sri Lanka office said.