Rain water harvesting in Sri Lanka..

Apparently Legislation has been passed to mandatorily have rain water harvesting units in new developments including houses. According to the Daily Mirror the annual rain water fall in Sri Lanka is 100 Billion cubic meters, that is approximately a quarter billion cubic meters a day! This water if utilized for purposes other than drinking can be very useful in terms of cutting on energy and water costs.

This makes Sri Lanka the only country in the world to have a public policy on rain water harvesting! I whole heartedly applaud this move by the UDA, but i am consciously cynical as to what extent this will be implemented in future developments given the efficiency (or lack of it) of public institutions.

If implemented well this can have result in a major reduction of water,energy or even electricity costs.

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4 responses to “Rain water harvesting in Sri Lanka..

  1. I completely disagree with this statement- “This makes Sri Lanka the only country in the world to have a public policy on rain water harvesting!”. I think you need to do your research before stating any facts. Tamil Nadu, India had implemented rainwater harvesting in Chennai city as a public policy during the Chief Ministerial period of Jayalalitha. Please check your facts before you state any.

  2. I meant to say “national policy on rainwater harvesting”.No research was done whatsoever as i was directly quoting what the image above says albeit less accurately,i think no research is needed if you are directly quoting someone else.its up to the reciever to ascertain the clarity of facts mentioned given that the source is obviously there to be seen.If you click the image above you wil see that it says “Sri Lanka is the first country in the world to have a national policy on rainwater harvesting”. So take the editors of that paper on mate if your sensitivities would take you there.

  3. I think that’s a little silly. No it won’t be implemented and would just give some govt official one more excuse to kick someone out of their houses or collect some extra cash. In addition to that, The people who can barely afford a house now have to pay for some rain harvesting nonsense. terrible policy.

  4. I think there is nothing wrong with the policy, with the drive to go greener and more sustainable i think thats the way to go, i speak in a purely urban development/sustainability point of view.But yes, where policy implementation is concerned it has great potential to become another opportunity for some public servant to suck the masses.I am totally with you on that one, that doesnt mean the policy itself is wrong but that in the current system of governance any good policy can be manipulated to achieve the dark intents of the policy formulators.In a correct/honest system of governance – this will be very good, even if it meant that a slightly larger constyruction cost it will be offset by the savings made by the rain water that can be collected and used for non drinking purposes, like for instance flushing toilets and other washing activities.

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