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The government has urged the public to use sparingly due to low water levels in reservoirs.

Power and Renewable Energy Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera addressing the media at the Parliament complex, requested each and every household to switch off at least one bulb and minimize the use of refrigerators.

Perera said that the rains which experienced in several parts of the country during last two weeks didn’t bring the expected amount of water to the reservoirs. “The water levels of the reservoirs has come to 34 percent. One percent is needed for a day’s power demand of the country,” he said.

He also added that this was the lowest recorded during the last 10 years and added that the Ceylon Electricity Board engineers were at work to face the present situation. “The country’s demand for power per day is 2300 MWs and these days usage goes to the maximum. Yesterday’s consumption was 2280 MWs,” he added.

He further added that the government did not go for power cuts even during the recent drought, but the unavailability of rains has brought them ‘dangerous signs’.