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By Lakna Paranamanna

The National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) said that a licensing system will be introduced to all mineral water bottle manufacturers in the country in a move towards providing quality water for the consumers.

NWSDB Chairman Mr. Karunasena Hettiarachchi told Daily Mirror that under section 90 of the NWSDB act the Minister has legal provisions to publish regulations pertaining to providing better quality water and regulating the trade.

“Currently mineral water bottle manufacturers are only required to obtain licenses from the Health Ministry and the Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLS) prior selling their products. But, a complex technical and purification process is involved in the mineral water production trade. Therefore as the national establishment of water supplies, it is important to ensure that the processes are carried out in compliance to accepted standards by the manufacturers,” Mr. Hettiarachchi said.

He also pointed out that inspecting the source of water of each of the mineral water manufacturers is important as the people residing in the vicinity of some of these mineral water plants are likely to be affected. “Extraction of high volumes of water from ground water sources could result in a shortage of water for the residents in the vicinities of these water plants,” he added. 

Mr. Hettiarachchi said that the gazette with reference to the licensing system is due to be issued in a few weeks. “The manufactures would be given a time period to obtain their license from the NWSDB. Those who fail to obtain the license will not be allowed to sell their products and measures will be taken to frequently inspect the mineral water plants,” he said.
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  • Yehiya-Doha Thursday, 26 May 2011 02:09 AM

    Why?. One time under company register is not sufficient. This is making fool all buissness sector. Pharmacy is under health ministry, Rice manufacture under trade double work. Relevent department must get the details from the Comapny registration or Provincial council. Every where double work.

    Chandrasena Thursday, 26 May 2011 02:46 AM

    Really a good move, before something disastrous happens. Please randomly check chemical/biological quality of each product while being circulating in the market and independently publish accepted and quality assured products through the media. And also why can't NWSDB set up taps/fountains in public places to drink water free of charge. (Such system prevails even in countries with scarcity of water ). Some time back there were water taps by the side of road. Now none exist, encouraging water to be a commercial item, in a country having so much of water resources.

    ram Thursday, 26 May 2011 09:10 AM

    What about bottled drinks and milks, are these also be registered by NWSDB. Nonsense requirement, only one issuing authority check these all technical/health matters before issuing licence. An attempt to grab money by legally and illegally by intervening politician.


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