Preliminary report indicates high levels of bacteria in Layou River

first_img Share LocalNews Preliminary report indicates high levels of bacteria in Layou River by: – August 17, 2011 Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! 15 Views   no discussions Chief Environmental Officer, Mr. Anthony Scotland. Photo credit: GIS NewsChief Environmental Officer, Anthony Scotland has confirmed to Dominica Vibes News that a preliminary test indicates high levels of bacteria in the Layou River.The Matthieu Dam which collapsed On July 28th caused the Layou River to overflow its banks and subsequently destroying livestock, agricultural farms, houses, businesses as well as a bridge in the Clark Hall Estate area.According to Mr. Scotland, another test will be conducted tomorrow followed by a series of chemical tests.“Presently we are analyzing the situation. A preliminary test indicates a high level of bacteria in the river and we will be conducting a second test tomorrow to confirm. A series of chemical tests will also be undertaken after which a full report will be provided,” he said.Mr. Scotland also indicated that this is of concern to the Environmental Coordinating Unit as “this high level of bacteria poses a risk to sea users and bathers and will contaminate sea life.”Meantime President of the Layou Improvement Committee Lazare Charles says as a result of the bacteria levels in the Layou River coupled with the recent weather pattern the Titiwi Festival scheduled for September might be postponed.“In terms of our Titiwi Festival we are looking at postponing it to another time that is more conducive because of the level of bacteria. The weather pattern and the constant rain we have been getting is also a factor as the area is prone to flash flooding. We are also in the hurricane season and so we are looking at pushing it back to a later date. The Committee has not met yet to discuss a definitive date however that information will be provided after we have met,” he said.Dominica Vibes News will provide further details on this matter as the information becomes available.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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