Mar 19, 2018

''Nuwara Eliya water contaminated with faeces ''

Water samples taken from the Nuwara Eliya city limits were tested last year and it was found that all these water samples contained faeces in them, said Nuwara Eliya district Health Services Director Dr. Senaka Thalagala.

He said this during the coordinating committee meeting held at the Nuwara Eliya Divisional Secretariat Auditorium recently.

Thalagala further added, “Thousands of local and foreign tourists visit Nuwara Eliya, but no proper planning has been taken. The coordinating committee therefore, should take action in this respect. We should try to get the attention of the President regarding this issue and implement a proper mechanism to address this issue.

Focus of the Nuwara Eliya Municipal Council has only been placed on the revenue potential but have failed to develop the water network. It is the responsibility of the Nuwara Eliya Municipal Council and its Health Division to ensure the people receive clean drinking water and create a healthy environment.

However, if the LG institutions do not carry out their duties responsibly, we have the power to intervene. If this committee makes a request, we are ready to respond at any given time,” he said.