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Pilot project to Ensure good quality water PDF Print E-mail

The Central Environment Authority (CEA) is to monitor the quality of water in three selected water bodies in the Environmental Protected areas namely, Bolgoda Lake, Talangama Lake and Bentota Estuary in a pilot project to ensure that the quality of water Sri Lankans use and drink in particular, CEA chairman Dr. Charitha Herath said.

Addressing a workshop on the Protection of Water Bodies in Sri Lanka, he said the measuring of water quality is important to keep alert on water bodies which have potential for being polluted, he said.

The workshop was held in collaboration of the CEA and Korea Environmental Co-operation.

“In Sri Lanka although we have more than enough fresh water for daily needs there is a threat of it being polluted due to various human activities. Most of Sri Lankan surface water bodies get polluted due to discharge of untreated waste water, dumping of industrial wastes, and run off from agricultural fields.

Industrial growth, urbanization and the increasing use of fertilizers have serious and adverse impacts on fresh water bodies.

Many areas of groundwater and surface water are now contaminated with pollutants that have an adverse effect on health.

Water-borne diseases and water-caused health problems are mostly due to usage of polluted unsafe drinking water.

Polluted water could cause diarrhea, skin irritation, respiratory problems, and other diseases, depending on the pollutant that is in the water body.

“Stagnant water and other untreated water provide a habitat for the mosquito and other harmful insects,” he stressed.

He added that the experience and the technology developed would be used on national level to maintain the purity of water used in Sri Lanka.  Dr. Herath said the collection of water samples and analyzing them were done by the water quality laboratory of CEA.

Analyses of water quality of those water bodies based on collected data were discussed and necessities of protecting water bodies were emphasized at the workshop.

Korean experiences on environmental management were deeply discussed with the environmental professionals in Sri Lanka by Dr. Seung Hoon, Manager of Korea Environmental Corporation and opportunities of introducing them for Sri Lanka were taken into consideration.

Dr. Seung Hoon emphasized that Korean Government is ready to support Sri Lanka in order to make it a Green and Clean country.

Dr. R.H.S. Samarathunga, Secretary Ministry of Environment stressed that measuring water quality of major water bodies close to Colombo city is very important to keep alert on them to ensure their quality of water because there is a high potential of them to be polluted.

Water quality monitoring data would be important for other institutions dealing with water such as Water Board, Irrigation Department, Electricity Board etc., he said.

Clean water is absolutely essential for healthy living. Adequate supply of fresh and clean drinking water is a basic need for all human beings on the earth.

Water covers 71% of the earth’s surface, millions of people throughout the world do not have access to safe drinking water.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 March 2011 05:00 )
 

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