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Ukraine: water pumping from Danube to be suspended

Source: ITAR-TASS News Wire Publication date: Feb 17, 2000

KIEV, February 17 (Itar-Tass) - Water pumping from cyanide- polluted Danube will be stopped for ten days in the Odessa Region of Ukraine. Vitali Primak, head of the regional department for emergency situations and civil defence, told Tass on Thursday, that the contaminated water would reach Ukraine no earlier that February 19 and would pass by the populated localities of the Odessa Region approximately within those time limits.

It is planned to close down the locks, through which the Danube water goes to four lakes, situated on the territory of the region.

Vitali Primak said that the concentration of cyanide compounds in the Danube water would be rather small in the second half of February and would not exceed the permissible level. Aside from it, he continued, the Danube water gets into the water supply network only in the city of Kilia. Residents of Ismail and other cities, located in the Danube basin, take drinkable water from artesian wells.

A spokesman for the Ukrainian ministry for emergencies told Tass on Thursday that safety measures were taken in the Carpathian region too, specifically in the villages, located near the Tisa River, whose water also contains cyanide. According to the information of their press service, the Ukrainian section of the Tisa River does not pose any threat at all. Nevertheless, the monitoring of the quality of water has been going on there since February 5.

Publication date: Feb 17, 2000 ) 2000, NewsReal, Inc.


-- Carl Jenkins (, February 21, 2000


just how much cyanide in the water is an 'acceptable' level?

when you're done buying gold and silver, buy some stock in the bottled water industry.



-- mike (, February 21, 2000.

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