Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Efforts to remove pollutants in Upper Isetsky unsuccessful

Water purification measures from MUP managed to significantly increase the amount of potable water in Upper Isetsky pond, but efforts to eliminate all of the trichlorethylene pollutant found last month were proved unsuccessful.

MUP's Water Canal treatment program was designed to sort out the trichlorethylene introduced to the pond's ecosystem from Western Railway's industrial operations nearby, reports.

As of March 31, the concentration of the pollutant was reduced to 0.0024 milligrams per cubic decimeter, several times less than the standard ratio allowed by the Russian government.

However, most residents of the area are still receiving drinking and cooking water from uncontaminated reservoirs located closer to Yekaterinburg's city center, according to

Regional and national health officials are investigating other methods of purifying the Upper Isetsky pond reservoir before introducing its water back into the regional supply.