Air and water quality levels improve with ongoing curfew

Air and water quality levels improve with ongoing curfew

Air and water quality levels improve with ongoing curfew

Written by Staff Writer

04 Apr, 2020 | 9:43 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st):- Sri Lanka’s quality levels of air and water have improved with the curfew imposed due to COVID – 19. According to data provided by the air quality monitor at the US Embassy, Colombo’s air quality levels stood at 50 as at 5 pm today (April 4).  This means it has a moderate rating.

H.D.S. Premasiri, a senior scientist at the National Building Research Organisation told News 1st that the air quality has improved due to the reduction in the movement of vehicles as a result of the curfew. He recalled that air pollution levels were much higher prior to the imposition of curfew.

The country’s air quality levels plummeted in November last year, posing a risk to sensitive groups, a situation expert said had been caused due to smog in neighboring India. The Central Environmental Authority said the quality of the water in the Kelani river had improved due to a drop in industrial effluents being released into the waterways.

The CEA in a statement observed that the turbidity levels of water in the 145-kilometer long Kelani river which cuts across five districts had remained positive unlike any other period in the recent past.

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