Donbas on verge of ecological disaster: Drinking water becomes dangerous in the region

Source : 112 Ukraine

Siversky Donets and the Dnipro are at risks of contamination
16:22, 25 May 2021

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Water in Donbas will soon become dangerous for health. This was reported by Obozrevatel.

It is noted that the abandoned and not conserved mines of Donbas are filled with toxic underground waters. The mines used to store hazardous waste pose a particular threat to the environment. Alexandr-Zapad in Horlivka, Young Communards in Bunhe were flooded by more than 60%. In total, 39 mines were flooded. Most of them are not conserved.

The liquid filled with heavy metals and other toxic substances threatens to pollute not only drinking water from rivers and wells but also the soil, making it unsuitable for agriculture. In addition, methane, a dangerous gas from the mines, is pushed to the surface, which can result in earthquakes and explosions. Experts say that Donbas is on the brink of an environmental disaster.

These facts are also confirmed by Ukrainian scientists. According to the chief researcher of the Institute of Telecommunications and the Global Information Space of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Doctor of Technical Sciences Yevhen Yakovlev, pollution mainly comes from the direction of Horlivka, the Horlivka Chemical Plant.

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The fact of the catastrophe was confirmed by the Deputy Director of the Institute of Water Problems and Land Reclamation of the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences Mykhailo Yatsyuk. According to him, all mines should be in dry preservation, not in wet. In addition, it is necessary to constantly pump out water, which no one in the occupied Donbas is doing now.

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Meanwhile, water reacts to rocks, especially in deep mines, and it forms water quality. Then, rising to the surface, it begins to interact with groundwater, which is an aquifer. And thus, drinking water is polluted.

Mykhailo Yatsyuk also noted that the Siversky Donets and near Dnipro Rivers are at risk of getting its waters contaminated with dangerous metals. After all, part of the tributaries that form the Samara (left tributary of Dnipro) flow into the Dnipro, and their sources are in the Donbas.

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