The chairman of the Environmental Protection Council of the People’s Party, Aleksandar Andjelković, said that Serbian citizens should be “happy to be alive”, judging by the report compiled by the Milan Jovanović Batut Public Health Institute on the safety of drinking water.
“In many parts of Serbia, microbiological contamination has been noted in the water, while in an even larger part of Serbia physically and chemically defective water is regularly distributed to consumers. Of course, in some places both microbiological and physicochemical inadequacy of the water have been recorded, like in Zrenjanin. An increase in arsenic concentration has been noted in Subotica, while the residents of 15 municipalities in Serbia drink microbiologically contaminated water,” Andjelković adds.
He underlines that the news has gone pretty much “under the radar” of Serbian public opinion because of all the current scandals.
“At the mere mention of contaminated drinking water, one immediately thinks of the most jeopardized towns or the ones that are frequently reported about in the media, such as Zrenjanin, but we strongly believe that residents of Babušnica, Zagubica, Kosjerić, Arilje, Nova Varoš or Padinska Skela (in Belgrade) would be negatively surprised by the report. The government has been trying to hide the situation and we, as many times in the past, will try to thwart their plan to keep people in complete darkness,” Andjelković added.
He also wonders how the government intends to solve the problem and adds: “Perhaps building a subway line through the Makiš water source or doing nothing to prevent devastation along the Sava River embankment or allowing Rio Tinto to dig for lithium. Soon, we will have a complete collapse of the system if this trend is not stopped.”
Last week, the Milan Jovanović Batut Public Health Institute said that the water in 14 localities of Serbia was evaluated as microbiologically contaminated, while 12 cities provided physically and chemically defective samples.
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