Toxic Sand, Dirty Water: Avoid Chișinău Parks

City officials warn against swimming in lakes at Râșcani, Valea Morilor, Valea Trandafirilor, and La Izvor parks due to water contamination and toxic sand.

Viorel Railean
Sursa: Viorel Railean

Public health officials tested the water and found it to be polluted.

Tests by the Municipal Association for Green Space Management revealed class 5 pollution levels in the water of these lakes. Additionally, tests found the sand at La Izvor beach to be contaminated with enterococci, posing a health risk.

High nitrate levels were found in spring water at Valea Trandafirilor nr. 2, Valea Morilor, and La Izvor parks. Spring water from wells 1 and 2 in Valea Trandafirilor park also contained coliform bacteria and intestinal enterococci. Authorities urge residents not to drink this water; it should only be used for household chores and non-drinking purposes.

The Municipal Association for Green Space Management issued a statement on June 24th, advising against swimming in lakes and drinking spring water in Chișinău's parks.

Health expert Luminița Suveică warned of serious health risks for those who ignore the warnings. Children, she says, are especially vulnerable to health problems caused by contaminated water, including acute diarrheal diseases such as cholera and dysentery. Dehydration resulting from poisoning or diarrheal illness can be serious or even fatal.

Translation by Iurie Tataru

Ecaterina Arvintii

Ecaterina Arvintii


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