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High acidity in Weliweriya water: ITI

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The Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) said yesterday the tests carried out on samples of allegedly contaminated water taken from several villages near Weliweriya revealed the presence of high levels of acidity in the water.

However ITI Chairman W. Abeywickrema said it was still uncertain if the acidity was due to a natural process in the environment or caused due to an external factor in the surrounding environment.

Prof. Abeywickreme said the ITI was still carrying out an analysis on the number of harmful chemical components in the water but said that the analysis and the report would be completed before the end of the week.

“We are still studying the acidity of the water but we hope to complete our report within this week,” he said. The report once completed would be handed over to the Ministry of Technology and Research and the District Secretary who would then forward the report to other relevant authorities.

ITI had conducted a total of 41 tests on samples taken from one kilometer radius from the factory which was suspected to have contaminated the water in the area. Furthermore six tests were being carried out on specimens collected from inside the factory as well. (Olindhi Jayasundere)

  Comments - 7

  • Shankar Tuesday, 13 August 2013 10:34 AM

    Next day after the incident One of the Health Ministry Official stated that the PH of the water is 4.0 which can be consumable if you are used to that. Ridiculous

    Mm Tuesday, 13 August 2013 06:53 AM

    ITI finding acidity, president re locating factory, president calling emergency meeting......Mr. President and ITI why did u wait until the issue got out of hand??? U then appear and wave your magic wand and say relocate, pay compensation!!! And playing the part of the savour and hero who saves the day?

    ANTON Tuesday, 13 August 2013 06:53 AM

    AGAIN AMBIGUOUS STATEMENT BY ITI, THEY SHOULD STATE THE ACTUAL PH VALUES OF THE SAMPLES AND THE RECOMMENDED PH RANGE OF THE DRINKING WATER.

    lkboy Tuesday, 13 August 2013 06:56 AM

    now some minister (this time not from New Zealand) will differ the ITI results saying they don't have the necessary technology.

    UDee Wednesday, 14 August 2013 12:00 AM

    Sri Lanka is not a Banana Republic via DM Android App

    Hafsal Tuesday, 13 August 2013 02:18 PM

    We already know the result. This is banana republic

    raspi Tuesday, 13 August 2013 10:28 AM

    This test will be used to also help strengthen the claims of ITI about the DSD thing.


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