Water Resources Board  commences investigation on chemicals in Kelani River

Water Resources Board commences investigation on chemicals in Kelani River

Water Resources Board commences investigation on chemicals in Kelani River

Written by Staff Writer

15 Sep, 2015 | 9:47 am

The Water Resources Board says that they have commenced investigations to determine if chemicals have leaked into Kelani River.

Preident of the Water resources Board, Zulfikar Cader stated that the Kelani River has been polluted  due to the release of waste water by factories. He further stated that after water samples have been tested, the report will be released to the public as soon as possible.

Environmentalists claim there exist high levels of arsenic, a toxic compound, in the Kelani River. Environmentalist Raveendra Kariyawasam said the toxicity levels of the Kelani River were ascertained after tests were conducted on the quality  of water near the Amatale Water Purifying Plant.

However, the National Water Supply and Drainage Board, in a statement issued recently, said that water provided to Colombo and other suburbs do not contain metals or arsenic. The statement goes on to note that water samples from the river are tested for arsenic once a week at the laboratory at the Ambatale Water Treatment Plant.

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