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Pollution turns river chalk white for days

By The Siberian Times reporter
02 June 2015

Environmental experts say levels of contamination were 193 times normal.

The Pivovarka, in Barnaul, unexpectedly went the colour of milk with the phenomenon recorded on video and captured in pictures. Picture: Evgeny Uvin

Residents of a western Siberian city were left anxious after a small river turned chalk white for a few days as a result of high pollution.

The Pivovarka, in Barnaul, unexpectedly went the colour of milk with the phenomenon recorded on video and captured in pictures before being uploaded to social media sites.

Experts from Rosprirodnadzor, the Federal Service for the Supervision of Natural Resources, went to test the water after the images appeared on the Internet.

Milky river in Barnaul


Milky river in Barnaul

The specialists managed to find the exact area where the pollutants got into the river. Picture: HotGeo

The level of pollution in the river is generally high, but according to preliminary information, levels were found to be 193 times normal.

The specialists managed to find the exact area where the pollutants got into the river. 

Ivan Ponomarev, head of the Department of Supervision of Water Resources, said: 'Now we are making a list of organisations that have access to the pipes that drain into the Pivovarka.

Milky river in Barnaul

The level of pollution in the river is generally high, but according to preliminary information, levels were found to be 193 times normal. Pictures: Evgeny Uvin

'There was an excess of ammonia nitrogen and some insoluble contaminant, which we are trying to determine now.'

The Pivovarka stretches for seven kilometres and is a tributary to the larger Barnaulka River.

Its banks have become a dumping ground for domestic garbage, dead animals, and construction waste, though this is the first time it has turned white.

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