Broken drainage pipes make Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia stink

Published : 10:14 am  October 6, 2015 | No comments so far |  |  (1375) reads | 

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By H.M.Dharmapala and Kusal Chamath
Broken drainage water pipes in Dehiwela- Mount Lavinia area has not only polluted the roads and the sea but has also become a serious health hazard, residents in the area said.  

 Residents of the area pointed out that black sewerage was flowing through the canals and through the ground with a nauseating smell.  The business community and the people depending on tourism expressed concern about marine pollution caused by the flow of sewerage into the sea that left the beach and the sea to a distance of about a kilometre an eyesore and that it was now deserted by tourists.

Meanwhile the fisher folk pointed out that their boat anchorage was within the affected area and that they were prevented from access to the boats. A fisherman, Upali Perera  said wading through filthy water to reach the fishing craft was a serious threat to their health.
“The pump house has been out of order for about five days and that it resulted in the overflow of the tanks. Now sewerage is removed by a temporary pipe line into a canal that flows into the sea. The people living on the banks of the canal are the worst affected. The sea to a distance of about a kilometre had turned black and it is not possible to reach the boat anchorage. The off shore fishermen have lost their livelihood for about five days” he said.

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The pump house has been out of order for about five days and that it resulted in the overflow of the tanks. Now sewerage is removed by a temporary pipe line into a canal that flows into the sea


Neranjani Fonseka of the Auburn Place fisheries housing scheme said the nauseating smell for the sewerage that flows down the canal was unbearable and that the residents of the area were facing a serious threat to their health. She said they would be susceptible to serious illnesses by breathing polluted air if immediate action was not taken to prevent the on going environmental damage.

“Waste water flowed even into the home gardens much to the inconvenience of the people. Recently a funeral was held in a home garden that was under waste water. The entire area has been affected by the flow of waste water.” she said. Meanwhile Municipal Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Indika Ellawala said he had received several public complaints in this regard and that he carried out an inspection of the pump house to find that two broken down waste water pumps were now being repaired. He said he instructed the officials- in- charge of the pump house to divert the sewerage bowsers to the Soysapura and Wellawatta pump houses.

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However, the Engineer- in- Charge of the waste water drainage system said pumping of waste water into the deep sea had come to a stand still due to the breakdown of the two main pumps.  “ I have sent the two pumps for repairs. I am hopeful that the two pumps would be available soon after repairs. I have taken steps to divert the bowsers carrying water from Kesbewa, Boralesgamuwa , Dehiwala- Mount Lavinia, Moratuwa , Bandaragama, Homagama and Piliyandala areas to the pump houses at Soyzapura and Wellawatta pump houses. The situation will be back to normal in a couple of days” he said.