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Hot spotWater quality in Kola river and Bolshoye Lake used for drinking water supply of Murmansk city
RegionMurmansk Oblast
SectorDrinking water quality
Reason for being a hot spotMore than 6% of drinking water samples in Murmansk do not meet microbiological standards, and 75% do not meet the chemical standards. Almost 50% of water used for Murmansk water supply system is extracted from Kola river. Its water quality is strongly affected by pig and poultry farms effluents located in the river watershed. Bolshoye Lake is located not far from the Murmansk waste incineration plant and is affected by its emissions.
Status in elimination procedureNo information
Environmental status in 2003 reportThe microbiological and chemical standards were not met.
Present statusIn 2011: The quality of water is qualified as low contaminated.
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AddressMurmansk, Dzherzhinskaya str. 9