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Workshop on“Importance of Groundwater Monitoring in Sri Lanka” :3rd Water Resources Management Workshop”



The purpose of the 3rd Water Resources Management Workshop under the patronage of Dam Safety and Water Resources Planning project (DSWRPP) is to mark the initiation of the expansion of existing groundwater monitoring network established by Water Resources Board in order to identify the groundwater status in 6 provinces that were deemed to be under heavy stress in both quality and quantity as a result of various anthropogenic activities. Further at the proposed workshop, it is expected to give some information on the current status and findings of the ongoing projects funded by the treasury and being implemented by WRB.  Two previous work shops were held in March 2011 and July August 2013on Challenges in Groundwater Management in Sri Lanka,and Issues and Solutions: Water Resources Management with Special Emphasis on Groundwater Management respectively. The 3rd workshop is expected to be an open workshop where invitations are tendered to the professionals in the water and water related sectors to participate and present papers with somewhat a practical orientation.



Water Resources Board was established in 1966 under the Act No. 29 of 1964, as an advisory body to the Minister on all matters concerning the control and utilization of water resources in Sri Lanka. The act was amended in 1999 to enable the Water Resources Board to pay more emphasis on matters pertaining to groundwater resources in Sri Lanka. Main functions of the Board have been carryout research on groundwater, carryout hydrogeological surveys to locate groundwater sources, construction of tube wells, installation of hand pumps, water sample analysis (chemical, bacteriological, heavy metals) and groundwater assessment studies.

The main target of the 3rd workshop is to give an overall picture on the expansion program of the monitoring network that established under the 1st phase of the Dam Safety and Water Resources Planning program. The following work has been programed to develop a monitoring program in the following areas under the expansion program.


              i.      Ampara District              :DS divisions of Dehiatthakandiya, Mahaoya and Padiyathalawa

            ii.                   ii.     Anuradhapura District:   :DS Divisions of Sri Pura, Thirappane and Wilachchichya


          iii.      Gampaha District            :DS Divisions of Mahara, kelaniya and Coastal belt in the Negambo beach


     iv.  Puttalum District          :DS division of Wennappuwa, Nattandiya, Mahawewa, Chilaw,  Arachchikattuwa, Mundala and Karuwalagaswewa


      v.      Jaffna District                 :DS Divisions of Chavakachcheri, Karaweddi, Kopai, Chunnakam, Thelippalei, Sandippali, Chankerney

          vi.         vi.  Matale District               : DS Divisions of Yatawatta, Mathale and Wilgamuwa

        vii.         vii.  Badulla District              : Continue study in all DS Division of the District

             Expansion Program of DSWRPP And New Areas Identified



In other hand, it is planned to present six(06) papers on scientific, research and current affairs on water resources in general and groundwater in particular.



17 July 2015.


Important dates

Submission of abstract: 27 May 2015

Notification to applicants on Outcomes of abstract: 15 May 2015

Submission of Full paper: 15 June 2015


Submission of presentations in electronic format: 08 July 2015



In order to make the workshop deliberations  focused , a professional workshop moderator will be employed by the PMU to facilitate the workshop presentations, presentation of issues, small group and plenary sessions to ensure that the objectives and the expected outcome is fulfilled. The same facilitator shall be entrusted with the responsibility to produce the workshop report, including recommendations received from workshop participants for design of the Groundwater monitoring system to be funded under the Dam Safety Project.


Workshop proceedings

At the end of the workshop, the PMU with the assistance from Project Consultants will prepare workshop proceedings, summarizing inputs and recommendations received from workshop participants for design of the Groundwater monitoring system to be funded under the Dam Safety and Water Resources Planning Project.

For this regard, Hon Mithripala Sirisena, his Excellency the president of the socialist republic of Sri Lanka, Hon Minister of Irrigation Wijith Wijayamuni Soyza and Hon Deputy Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment Wasantha Aluwihare have been invited to grace the occasion. Two hundred participants are expected to be present at the workshop covering a wide profile of professionals and academics. The program has been scheduled to be held at BMICH on 17 July 2015 from 8.30am to 4: 30pm.

Work program of the workshop is as follows.




Importance of Groundwater Monitoring in Sri Lanka -


3rd Water Resources Management Workshop


Organized by Water Resources Board (WRB) and


Dam Safety and Water Resources Planning Project (DSWRPP)




17th July, 2015 at BMICH, Colombo 07.


Inauguration Session




8.00- 8.55 am

Registration of Participants



8.55- 9.00 am

National Anthem and Lighting of Traditional Oil Lamp



9.00- 9.10 am

Welcome Speech - Mr. A.C.M. Zulfikar, Chairman, Water Resources Board



9.10- 9.15 am

Address by Eng. Nihal Rupasinghe, Secretary, Ministry of Mahaweli Development  & Environment


9.15- 9.20 am

Address by Mr. Gamini Rajakaruna, Secretary, Ministry of Irrigation


9.20- 9.25 am

Introduction to DSWRPP and its contribution to WRB - Eng. S.R.K. Aruppola,Project Director, DSWRPP






9.25- 9.35 am

Key note address by the Chief Guest : Hon. Gamini Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa, Minister of Irrigation



9.35- 9.45 am

Address by Hon. Wasantha Aluwihare, Deputy Minister of Mahaweli Development & Enivornment



9.45- 10.00 am

Address by Hon. Mithreepala Sirisena, His Excellency the President, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka



10.00- 10.10 am

Vote of Thanks - Mr. R.S. Wijesekera, General Manager, Water Resources Board



10.10- 10.30 am

Refreshment / Tea Break









Session - I







Chaired by  :  Prof. U. De S. Jayawardena






10.30-11.00 am

Groundwater related  issues and importance of the establishment of a proper groundwater monitoring network for Sri Lanka - Mr. R.S. Wijesekera






11.00-11.30 am

Chronic Exposure to Nephrotoxic Doses of Cadmium through Sri Lanka diet        -Dr. T.B. Ananda Jayalal,






11.30-12.00 noon

The Potential Benefits of Rainwater Harvesting for Households in the Jaffna Peninsula - Mr. Paul Rink and Dr. Herath Mathrithilake






12.00-12.30 pm

CKDu : Are we shooting the right target? - Dr. H. Manthrithilake






12.30-1.30 pm

Lunch Break

















Session - II 







Chaired by  :  Eng. D.C.S. Elakanda







1.30-2.00 pm

An Overview of a Water Quality Monitoring in Water Supply Scheme:A Case Study on Iron Present in Groundwater Wells in Vallipuram, Jaffna                       - Mr. S.Saravanan






2.00-2.30 pm

Estimating the Potential of Groundwater Availability of a Coastal aquifer using GIS - Case Study using Koggala Coastal Aquifer, Sri Lanka - Mrs. C. Kudahetty






2.30-3.30 pm

Panel Discussion







3.30-3.45 pm

Summing up








Tea / Coffee Break






4.15 pm

Closing up the programme





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