For the first time in Ukraine, rivers were tested for the presence of pollutants in order to study in more detail the problems with water resources of river basins. As a result, a number of contaminants were identified there, including chemicals and drugs. This was stated by the head of the Agency for Water Resources of Ukraine Valentyn Shlikhta, presenting a public report on the activities of the department.
"For the first time in Ukraine, screening of pollutants was carried out. Screening is a study that allows you to track more than 65 thousand different compounds. Unfortunately, in Ukraine there are no (technical, - ed.) opportunities for screening, so the collected samples were sent to the nearest laboratory of Europe", said Shlikhta.
According to Shlikhta, the check was carried out in the Don, Dnister and Dnipro rivers. As a result, a number of contaminants were identified there: pesticides, industrial chemicals, stimulants and narcotic drugs.
The Chairman of the State Water Agency added that the screening made it possible to determine specific indicators for each river basin, which will complement the monitoring plan of priority indicators, taking into account the specifics of a particular basin and those pollutants that have appeared in it.
In September last year, environmentalists said that the Dnipro River is on the verge of an ecological disaster that will affect tens of millions of Ukrainians. In addition to destructive natural processes and uncontrolled littering of territories, experts attribute the contamination of Ukrainian reservoirs to an ecological disaster.