More contaminated  bottled water detected

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

 The Public Health Department of the Colombo Municipal Council yesterday said it had banned two batches of bottled drinking water (BDW) taken from the Pettah bus stand as they were unfit for human consumption.

 Acting Food Inspector, Lal Kumara said that legal action had been taken against two traders retailing BDW at the Bastion Mawatha private bus stand in Pettah following the City Analyst’s report which said that the bottles contained poor quality bottled drinking water.

 Kumara said that 1000 ml ‘Ranweli’ BDW had been taken for sampling from the shop named ‘Top Cool Water.’ The water sample had a high pH index which was more than the stipulated amount. BDW should have a pH index between 6.5 and 8.5 (the neutral pH index) at room temperature. However the pH index of this sample taken from batch No. 4916 had a high acid level (pH 6.3). Kumara said that steps had been taken to ban the particular batch. ‘Ranweli’ mineral water was bottled at Doluwa, Kandy. It had a shelf life till August, 2014

 The Acting Food Inspector said that the other brand ‘Live,’ had also been a 1000 ml (batch No. had been 001906) sample taken from Janu Hotel. Giving details he said that the sample had contained a high level of free ammonia. The stipulated amount was 0.06mg/ 01ml. However the particular sample had contained 1.3mg/01ml. He said that it indicated a high level of faecal content which could be animal or human, he said. 

 The shelf life of the bottle was till August, 2014. The mineral water bottle plant is at Kahanthota Road, Malabe.

 Kumara said that other bottles of the said batches had been withdrawn from shops by their manufacturers as soon as the sample had been taken so that the PHD had been unable to test other bottles of the two batches. However, it was bound to be available in other parts of the country. Kumara said that the Health Ministry would be informed of the situation through the Chief Medical officer of the PHD, Dr. Pradeep Kariyawasam.

 However, he urged the public to inform the Ministry or the CMC should they find BDW of the two batches of ‘Ranweli’ and ‘Live’. He said that the Maligakanda Magistrate Court had fined the two retailers Rs. 2,500 each.

 Meanwhile, the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) last month carried out raids on mineral water bottling plant of ‘Mount Spring Water’, Dalugama, Kelaniya and seized 12,000 bottles of water contaminated with kerosene.

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