Pollution in Azerbaijani transboundary rivers exceeds norm
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept.3. / Trend J. Babayeva /
The Azerbaijani Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry held a monitoring to study the level of pollution of transboundary over the third ten days of August. The ministry revealed out that the level of pollution the Kur and Araz Rivers by Georgia and Armenia exceeded the norm.
Amount of nutrients in the waters of the Kur exceeded the norm numerously due flow of domestic and industrial wastes from Georgia and Armenia to water facilities without preliminary treatment. Composition of specific contaminants of phenol and copper compounds exceeded the allowed density norm in water, the ministry said on Sept.3.
In the Shikhly-2 area content of phenols exceeded the allowed density by 6 times and copper compounds by 7. Content of phenols and copper exceeded the allowed density by 7 times in the Agstafachay area and phenols by 6 times and copper compounds by 8 times in Agstafachay reservoir.
According to the monitoring, content of copper and phenols in the water exceed the allowed density by 4 times in Horadiz section of the Araz River transbordering with Armenia. The content of copper exceeded the norms by 4 times and phenols by 3times in the Shahsevan I and 4 times and 2 times, respectively in Bahramtapa.
Azerbaijan ratified the Helsinki Convention on protection and use of water drainage and international lakes, passing the border to solve the problem of transboundary water basins at the regional level in accordance with international standards. The problem exacerbates the fact that Armenia and Georgia have not joined this convention.
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