The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) will deal with Industrialists who discharge chemicals into the environment.
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â€œThe initiative is intended to carry out spot sampling of some standard physical parameters that take few minutes to analyse,â€ said Dr Gerald Musoke, deputy executive director, NEMA.
Some of the physical parameters to be analysed are soluble and suspended solids, turbidity (a measure of light-scattering effect caused by finely divided suspended particles in water), temperature and pH (indicating the strength of an acidic solution).
â€œIt will be possible to measure pH on spot. Samples analysed and those that need length analysis will be brought to NEMAâ€™s main laboratory for further assessment,â€ Musoke said.
â€œThe District Environment Officers from the industrial districts of Kampala, Jinja, Mbale, Kasese, Mbarara, Kabale and Tororo will receive the first training,â€ he said.
According to NEMAâ€™s laboratory-in-charge, Evaristo Byekwaso, NEMA is not only targeting industrialists, but also hospitals and farmers. Areas, which experience soil erosion or rivers with silting problem, will also be subjected to laboratory testing.
NEMA takes on industries