Ukraine's Ros River contamination by a chemical leak: Possible consequences

Author : News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

June 9, about 800 liters of chemicals spilled into the pond, and later the herbicides fell into the Ros River
23:14, 11 June 2019

112 Agency

Chemicals were spilled into Ros River in Vinnytsia region. As a result, the Bila Tserkva Pump-Filtering Station stopped working. Uman town has water reserves left for three days and Bila Tserkva – for one day. Local residents are advised to refrain from swimming, fishing, and letting the livestock drink from the river.

Related: No threat posed to Ros River, - Ukraine's PM

What happened?

An accident occurred in Zbarzhivka village of Vinnytsia region on June 9. During the transportation of an unknown agricultural chemical, the car fell into a tributary of the Ros River.
The State Emergency Service reported that after the fall, the car got on fire and it damaged canisters with herbicides and growth stimulants for agricultural props. As a result, about 800 liters of chemicals spilled into the pond, and later the herbicides fell into the Ros River.
The fire was eliminated, and the car and canisters with chemicals were lifted to the surface. It was noted that the chemicals were stolen from the farms of Kozyatyn and Lypovetsky districts.
At the moment, the quality of water at water intake places and reservoirs of the Ros River is being monitored. The population is advised swimming, fishing and let the livestock drink from the river.

Related: No excess of concentration limit of toxic substances in Ros River


Bila Tserkva district state administration reported that as a result of what happened on the territory of Pohrebyshche district, fish and other life in reservoirs died. At the same time, Kyiv fishing boat patrol reported that as of June 10, the water biological resources in Kyiv region’s Ros River were alive.

Related: Chemical spill in Ros River: Uman has water reserves enough for three days

On the evening of June 9, the work of the Bila Tserkva Pump-Filtering Station, which provides Bila Tserkva and Uman districts with water, was discontinued. The State Emergency Service noted that as of June 10, Uman water supply was carried out from reserve tanks, the water supply would be enough for three days, while Bila Tserkva would have enough water for a day, the water supply is suspended. The population is provided with water due to the supply and existing pump-rooms (columns).

The prosecutor's office of the Vinnytsia region reported that in the Lypovetsky district a preliminary amount of damage due to the abduction of toxic chemicals at agricultural enterprises amounts to 25,000 USD.

Reaction and consequences

Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman has stated that all the services, work hard and control the situation.

Related: Chemical spill in Ros River: No signs of aquatic bioresources death

“According to my information, there are no threats. But we need to adhere to the instructions of special services,” the prime minister said.

Andriy Gizhko, the first deputy head of the Vinnytsia Regional State Administration, stated that there were no dangerous insecticides among the substances that got into the water. He also added that the water intake was carried out in three places. Gennady Dyky, mayor of Bila Tserkva, said that all city hospitals, boarding schools and other institutions cannot be closed, so they must be provided with drinking water. In addition, about ten hubs of free delivery of drinking water for the population would be organized. The mayor added that the centralized supply of water to the city would be launched only after 100 percent certainty that it is safe.

Related: Chemical spill in Ros River: Commission to establish further actions

Three criminal proceedings were opened: under Part 1 of Art. 242 of the Criminal Code ("Violation of the rules of water protection"), under Part 5 of Art. 185 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, and Part 3 of Art. 185 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine ("Theft"). Currently, material damage is being investigated and a pre-trial investigation is underway. The investigation is considering the car self-ignition and arson. While the perpetrators are not detained, because they hid from the scene, and Mercedes was without registration numbers. Body identification numbers were destroyed, which makes investigation difficult.

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