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High cadmium content in Mahaweli waters

Oct 14, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Nearly 72 kilos of the soft bluish white metallic element called cadmium which is injurious to the human body is released through the Polgolla dam into Mahaweli waters flowing towards Raja Rata (NCP)according to tests carried out recently, said Prof. Sarath Bandara of the Peradeniya University Agricultural Science Department. He said the minimum permissible cadmium content in a litre of water is 0.05 microgrammes but the cadmium content in Mahaweli waters and its tributaries is almost 5.1 to 20 microgrammes per litre of water.   Read more:www.dailynews.lk/2010/10/15/news12.asp