- Type: Attractions
- Localyte author: steve
- As you progress along the Colombo-avissawella main road, you shall find the kaluaggala junction from which when you take a turn to the left and go on for a mere 14km, it will lead you to the labugama tank. This place of great beauty is also a place of great importance as it gives the life form for the country's commercial capital's water needs. As the people have brought forward the story behind the great existence of the tank, from their ancestors, it was the Prince of Wales in 1875 who had proposed this tank and showed the feasibility of satisfying Colombo's water requirement from Labugama. And thus, the construction of the tank commenced in 1882. By 1886 the tank was able to commence the flow of water to Colombo and it holds a remarkable capacity of 1960 million gallons of water. It provides 16% of Colombo's water requirement. So, how does one find water for a tank; you find a reliable source such as the Kelani River, go along the course till it branches off to create the Wak Oya and place the tank at the tip of this brook. The Labugama province receives approximately 3000ml of water with the monsoon rains and with that you have the story behind water for the tank.
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