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Hurulu Wewa

Hurulu Wewa
Hurulu Wewa (Sinhala: හුරුළු වැව) is a reservoir situated in Anuradhapura District, Sri Lanka. 

The ancient Challura-vapi, also called Suralla or Surulu, is present Hurulu Wewa (Nicholas, 1963). It is said to have been constructed by King Mahasena [(275-301 A.D.) Arumugam, 1969; Nicholas, 1963]. However, it was later ascribed to King Dhatusena [(455-473 A.D.) Nicholas, 1963].

The restoration work of the present tank was commenced in 1949 (Arumugam, 1969). However, due to the flood in December 1957, the dam was breached (Arumugam, 1969). It was restored again in 1958 (Arumugam, 1969).

The reservoir
The reservoir is located in the Yan Oya river basin (Abeysekara et al., 2015). The tank bund length is 2.37 km and bund lop width is 6.7 m (Abeysekara et al., 2015) The water of the reservoir extends in an area of about 4,ooo acres at its full supply level (Arumugam, 1969). It has two spills and three sluices (Arumugam, 1969).

1) Abeysekara, M.G.D., Munasinghe, D.S. and Weerahewa, J., 2015. An assessment of returns to irrigation infrastructure investment: Hurulu wewa. In Proceedings of the Sixth National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) Symposium 2015 on Innovations for Resilient Environment, December 22, 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
2) Arumugam, S., 1969. Water resources of Ceylon: its utilisation and development. Water Resources Board. p.272.
3) Nicholas, C. W., 1963. Historical topography of ancient and medieval Ceylon. Journal of the Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, New Series (Vol VI). Special Number: Colombo. Royal Asiatic Society (Ceylon Branch). p.171.

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