Diesel leak into Nilwala River causes disruption of water supply

Diesel leak into Nilwala River causes disruption of water supply

Diesel leak into Nilwala River causes disruption of water supply

Written by Tharushan Fernando

16 Jan, 2016 | 10:01 pm

The supply of water to many areas in the Southern Province faces disruption after it was reported that the Nilwala River had been contaminated with diesel.

Diesel had started to leak from a fuel station in Akuressa bordering the Nilwala River on the morning of Jan. 16.

The leak has been rectified. However, the layer of oil that contaminated the Nilwala River is yet to be removed.

According to Jayantha Pathirana, deputy general manager of the Southern Province Water Supply and Drainage Board, river water had been tested by the the Department of Coast Conservation and the Disaster Management Centre.

At present, operations at Balakawala, Kadduwa and Nadugala water pumping stations have been suspended. The Matara branch of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board said that the operations of the Malimbada and Nadugala water treatment plants have also been suspended. The National Water Supply and Drainage Board says that after the existing water is distributed, there will be disruptions to the supply of water in Matara Town, Dondra Head, Kottegoda, Dikwella, Kekanadura, Kudawella and many other areas.

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