Saturday, 05 September 2015 - 13:36
150 factories releasing waste to Kelani River to be inspected
The National Water Supply and Drainage Board stated that they would inspect 150 factories along a 5 kilometer strip of the Kelani River extending above the Ambatale Water Treatment plant.
General Manager Ranjith Balasuriya told our news team that the aim of the inspection is to find out if the relevant factories dispose harmful waste material to the Kelani River.
Nearly 5 million persons consume water supplied from the Ambatale Water Treatment Plant, which is located in an area extending 27 acres, bordering the Kelani River.
The plant also meets the water requirement of 80 percent of residents in Colombo, as well as residents in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Kotte, Battaramulla, Sri Jayawardenapura and Kolonnawa areas.
Water was contaminated when the waste-water mixed with oil was disposed from a private factory in Biyagama area to Kelani River on the 17th of August, causing issues with the water supply of Ambatale Water Treatment Plant.
General Manager of the Water Board Ranjith Balasuriya further stated that water in the Kelani river is continuously inspected under the Central Environment Authority’s Program for Purified Water.