Arsenic contamination of tap water prevented in Kutaisi

Georgia Materials 30 September 2013 11:40 (UTC +04:00)

Georgia, Tbilisi, September 30/ Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /

In Georgia, the population of Kutaisi and its surroundings were left without drinking water for two days due to the threat of arsenic contamination of the city's water system.

As the Georgian Ministry of Environment reported on Monday, precautions have been taken after heavy rains in the Lentekhi District caused the River Tskhenistskali to burst its banks breaching the fence of the former metallurgical combine which was previously involved in the release of arsenic.

As a result, toxic waste from arsenic production entered the river.

According to the report, at the moment the accident is localised and any contamination of the river into the water system is being prevented. Laboratory tests of water samples taken in the rivers Rioni and Tskhenistskali were also conducted. These showed no risk of contamination.