Moskva River pollution levels drop over last five years

Moskva River pollution levels drop over last five years
There are 15 percent less oil related pollutants in the water.

The concentration of pollutants in the Moskva River has declined over the past five years, head of the Department of Environmental Management and Protection Anton Kulbachevsky reported.

“We can say we’ve improved the quality of water. If we take the worst affected section of the Moskva River in the Central Administrative Area, the concentration of oil products has declined 15 percent during the last five years,” he said.

The city’s main goal is to increase the number of beach zones in the city. “By environmental standards, water in Moscow keeps improving. We can see a positive dynamic. One of our priorities is to increase the number of beach areas in Moscow within the next few years,” he added.

The quality of water in the Moskva River is monitored by a Mosvodostok laboratory. The staff takes over 200 samples a month in three locations: near the Spassky Bridge, where the river enters the city; from the Derivation Canal, where the river receives water from the Khimki Reservoir; and near the Besedinskiye bridges, where the river exits the city. The collected water samples are then analysed for more than 4,000 pollutants.

The quality of water has been improving in recent years due to tougher control over industrial discharges and wastewater.