Friday , June 2 2023

Calls to alarms: arsenic was found in the fourth municipality


The overloaded amount of arsenic in drinking water is already found in the fourth district of the country. The content of arsenic in a well preserved area in the Barči village of Vezija district of Lazdijai district was slightly higher than the permissible rate, the municipality announced.

According to Justinas Šmulkšitis, director of the company "Lazdijų vanduo", in the planned study, the amount of arsenic in the Barti rural water storage area was 12 micrograms per liter (mkg / l). The permissible level is 10 micrograms per liter.

"This is a slight deviation from the norm, but we have taken all the essential safety measures. We have warned people drinking water in this water tank for increased water pollution. They have been told not to use this water for food production," said J. Šmulkštys.

According to him, arsenic contaminated water can be used for washing, toilet use.

The head of Lake Lazdijai said that the Barti rural population's drinking water supply problem is fast.

"Many of these villages have mine wells with good water quality. I think that for some time they should use water for food," said J. Šmulkštys.

In his view, a sample of water taken from the Barth water area will be subject to further control of the situation after the laboratory has been consulted for a re-examination.

In the Lazdijai district, 13 water bodies are supplied to the population from a central location, but only one of them has a deviation from the norm.

Director of the Lazdijai District Municipality Administration Gintautas Salatka informed that the municipality and its companies control the situation.

Previously, the amount of arsenic exceeded norms in drinking water in Raseļi, Marijampolė and Jurbarkas municipalities.

The source of this metal in water is still unclear.

The World Health Organization indicates that arsenic concentrations in drinking water of 10-50 μg / l have a negative impact on health. Arsenic – the body tends to accumulate heavy metal. It can cause anemia, headaches, respiratory infections and other illnesses.

Arsenic comes from chemistry, pharmaceuticals, electronics, textiles, optics, energy, fertilizer industries and their products. This heavy metal is also found in carbonic acid.

The Ministry will conduct an investigation

The Ministry of the Environment will carry out an in-depth study on whether a higher amount of arsenic in drinking water is geological, because if so, the problem can spread.

At the meeting of Gintars Vaičekauskas, a member of the Seimas, at a meeting of the Seimas, he asked the Minister where he came to Lithuania's water supply – maybe it is a traceability of low-quality fertilizers?

"This is a painful issue, and the first case that sounded in Razin district was a thorough study of the historic fertilizer warehouse in search of anthropogenic pollution. However, this study did not confirm the origin of arsenic. Let's assume that it may be of geological origin, but then this is a very serious issue, because I most the latest developments in Marijampolė and Jurbarkas, "said Navickas.

According to the minister, the Ministry of the Environment will carry out a comprehensive geological survey to find arsenic of natural origin.

"This is a serious signal. If arsenic is of a geological origin, then the boundaries may increase, and we will have a very serious problem with drinking water," Navickas said.

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