A reputed private medical institution in Colombo South and around 5,000 households in the city were detected by Water Board officials tapping water illegally. The medical institution has been fined Rs 1.2 million and the households Rs 20,000 each.
The private medical institution paid the fine while water supply was disconnected to the households that failed to pay the fine.
Water Supply Minister Mahinda Amaraweera told The Island that private hospitals, industries, factories, supermarkets, shopping complexes and households had been found tapping water illegally. Due to this the Water Board had already lost Rs. 15 billion. The flying squad had been instructed to intensify raids, he said.
The Water Board has collected Rs. 30 to Rs. 40 million as fines during the last few months alone. It is a punishable offence and a court could impose heavy fines and even prison terms on offenders, the Minister said.