Azerbaijan, Baku, 3 November/ Trend , corr J. Babayeva/ The pollution rate of Kur and Araz rivers of Azerbaijan is above the mark, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources said.
"The rate of phenol and copper compounds, specific polluters in the composition of water, is very high in the points where Kur is subject to trans-boundary pollution in the Georgian territory," said a report by the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources released following a monitoring that covered third decade of October.
Azerbaijan has ratified Helsinki Convention on Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes to address problems of trans-national waters under international norms. The problem is difficult to solve as Armenia and Georgia have not joined this Convention.
The rate of phenol compounds is above the mark twice, compound of copper - by five times in Shikli-2 point and Akstafachay river and twice in Akstafachay reservoir.
Though biogenic elements and ions of ammonium is within the acceptable mark, ions of nitrite is above the mark in Shikli-2 point of Kur river by 1.8 times, in Gazakh point of Akstafachay by 1.6 times and Akstafachay reservoire - by two times. The major reason behind this is the domestic wastes, wastes of cattle-breeding and industrial enterprises located in Georgia and Armenia which flows into the river without filtration.
According to the results of monitoring, the rate of phenol and copper is above the mark to a great extent in Araz river which crosses Armenian border. The rate of phenol, the key polluter, exceeded the mark in Horadiz point and Shahsevan I of Araz river by three times and Bahramtapa point - by two times. The rate of copper is above the mark in Horadiz, Shahsevan I and Bahramtapa points by three times.
Though ions of nitrate and ammonium is within the mark, ions of nitrite is above the mark in Horadiz point of Araz river by 1.2 times, Bahramtapa - by 1.4 times and Shahsevan - 1.8 times. The pollution is caused by a flow of wastes from Armenia.
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