The Water Resources Board was established in 1966 by the parliament of Sri Lanka under act No. 29 of 1964 as an advisory body on Water Resources in Sri Lanka. The act was amended in 1999 to enable WRB to pay more emphasis on matters pertaining to groundwater resources in Sri Lanka.
Water Resources Board testing labs are leading water testing laboratories that specializes in analyzing of ground water on drinking purpose.
Laboratory staff is trained not only on the tests they perform but on the basics of water operations which allows them to understand why they are performing the tests they perform. We are accredited in accordance with SLAB (Sri Lanka Accreditation Board) and commit to providing defensible data at a competitive price with first-class customer service.
The Water Resources Board’s Water Quality Laboratory including five laboratories in four districts is a full service laboratory that specializes in water analytical chemistry. The laboratories primary mission is to support WRB programs that require water quality analyses, by providing reliable chemical data for national assessment and groundwater trend analysis. This mission directly supports the WRB, which also mean providing the nation with reliable water quality information to help decision makers manage the Nation’s groundwater resources. This is how laboratories contribute in above aspects
- High quality chemical. Microbiological and heavy metal data
- Quality assurance for determining long term water quality trends
- Professional motivated staff and highly trained and talented work force
The laboratories offer comprehensive services through a dedicated and loyal laboratory staff that includes Chemists and Water Analysts. Administrative and technical responsibilities in all five all laboratories are handled by Chemists.
All the analytical examinations of water samples collected from well monitoring programs, various ground water developments projects conducted by WRB throughout the country and water samples from commercial parties were taken care of, and Chemical, Microbiology and Heavy metal analysis reports were issued by these five laboratories.
- Sampling from taps.
The taps turn on at full and the water allow to run waste for a few minutes before collection of the sample.
- Sampling from rivers, springs, ponds, reservoirs, etc.
The stoppered bottle immerse well under the surface of the water with the mouth upwards and fill the bottle by removing the stopper with the help of the clean piece of string tied to the stopper before immersion. While immersing the bottle, care should be taken not to disturb any sediment or mud at the bottom of the spring etc.
- Sampling from wells with buckets.
Taken the sample from the buckets after drawing up five to ten buckets full of water and rejecting them.
- Sampling from wells with pumps
Taken the sample after pumping for five to ten minutes.
- Collect the water samples in 2L clear glass stoppers or containers with plastic lids.
- If sampling instruments are used, clean them and dried before use.
- Rinse the bottles well with the water to be sampled before being filled. As far as possible fill the bottle direct from the source (without the aid of the jug or funnel.) Care should be taken to prevent any external contamination during the process of sampling. Having filled the bottle, rinse the stopper with water then insert.
- Transport the sample to the laboratory without delay.
- Mark and identification number on each container.
- The volume of sample shall be at least 2.0 liters for the basic physical and chemical analysis.
- Use a pre-sterilized container.
You must use an approved pre-sterilized sample container provided by WRB laboratory to collect your Bacteria samples. Bottles can be obtained in-person during normal office hours.
- Sterilize the tap.
Remove any aerators or hoses and sterilize the opening. Use unscented bleach or alcohol to liberally clean the outside and inside rim of the tap.
Turn on the water and let it run in a full steady stream for 2-3 minutes. Cut the flow back to a thin stream to prevent splashing.
- Fill the bottle.
Exercise care in handling samples! Samples are extremely easy to contaminate. Open the lid on the sterile specimen bottle. Do not touch the inside of the container, lip of container or lid. Do not “pre-rinse” the bottles. Fill the bottle with 250 milliliters of water. Samples with more or less than 250mL of sample may not be accepted for analysis, and the improper volume will be recorded.
- Delivering the sample
Replace the lid firmly and begin cooling. Refrigeration on ice to 0-4 ◦C (39◦ F) is preferred. Cooling should be maintained until accepted by WRB. Bacteria count samples (Fecal plate counts & MPNs) must be returned, on ice, within 6 hours from the collection time.
Take special care to note the date and time that the sample was collected.
Facilities Available in Water Resources Board Laboratories
Central laboratory and other regional laboratories are providing services for public by analyzing water for drinking purposes according to APHA, SLS, EPA methods to comply SLS (614:2013).
|Type of Analysis||Parameters|
Colour Turbidity pH
Free Ammonia Free Residual Chlorine Electrical Conductivity Salinity Total Dissolved Solids Total Hardness Calcium Magnesium Chloride Total Alkalinity Total Iron Nitrate Nitrite Sulphate Fluoride Phosphate Sodium Potassium
Total Coliform E. Coli
Chromium Lead Arsenic Chromium Cadmium Mercury
Copper Manganese Zinc Aluminium Nickel