Thermal Power Plant Releases Waste Into Turquoise Water (Images)

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While some internauts mark the images of the reservoir with phrases like “a fabulous and obligatory place to visit”, others call it “the poisoned Maldives” and “mortal lake”.

This summer, the social networks of the residents of the Russian city of Novosibirsk were flooded with photos of an unusual bright turquoise lake. Due to this peculiarity, the reservoir has become quite a sensation on Instagram and was baptized as ‘the Russian Maldives’.

However, these waters of incredible colours hide a problem: it is not a lake, but an ash dump where a local thermal power plant throws its waste.

These dumps are places where the ashes and char are deposited during the burning of brown coal in thermal power plants. The reservoir was excavated for this purpose by the energy company that manages the plant.

Then it was filled with water from the byproducts, in which calcium salts and oxides of various metals are dissolved, which influenced the colour of the water. Another factor is the depth of that landfill: from 1 to 2 meters. All this results in a deep blue colour, which attracts users of social networks.

“Even the seagulls are blue here”

In early June, a journalist from the local newspaper NGS visited the reservoir. “Even the seagulls are blue here, but it’s still not clear if the water has painted the wings of the birds or if it’s just a reflection,” the place described with some sadness.

The reporter saw that “a couple of dozens of trees and dry shrubs stick out from the surface” of the lake. He said, “trees do not live long in alkaline water and everything that enters the flooded area dries up quickly.”

Despite this, ‘the Maldives of Novosibirsk’ have become a popular place for bloggers and simple Instagram users. Local residents have notified in their accounts that, due to all the commotion, the management of the plant even began to block the entrance to the landfill.

“Deadly lake”

Simultaneously, rumours are spread on social networks about a possible increase in the level of radiation near that place. In return, the management company ensures that the reservoir is not poisonous (“the blue gulls do not fly there and the plants do not die”) and that the level of radiation is “normal”.

As a result of all this controversy, some of the users who upload photos of the reservoir have marked them with phrases like “a fabulous and obligatory place to visit”, while others call the lake “the poisoned Maldives” and “mortal lake” and warn It is dangerous to spend a lot of time on its banks.



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Миллион вопросов в Директ, что это за чудо место и где находится 😅 ⠀ Это не чудо место ))) и купаться тут категорически нельзя 🙈 ⠀ Новосибирск – за ТЭЦ 5. Я там была первый раз, но фото с этого места уже давно гуляют по интернету у многих. Если хотите красивую фоточку с голубой водичкой, езжайте пока там не стала собираться очередь 😂 или не сделали платный вход ) ⠀ В целом да красиво, но это не Мальдивы конечно 😂 а жаль ☝🏼☝🏼☝🏼 ⠀ #milifestyle #нск54 #новосибирск #сибирь #девушкинск #ysbh #novosibirsk #тэц5 #нсксити #nsklife #nsk54 #novosibirsk

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Clarification of the story:

This is not a lake but an industrial waste storage site of TPP-5 – the ash dump, created with all the requirements of the environmental legislation and is considered to be one of the most modern and environmentally friendly means of transportation and storage of the ash waste due to the closed circulation system: the ash is contained by water and is not released into the air. All waste can be later used for recycling such as in construction of residential and public buildings, in road pavement works, and in other industrial areas. Please see here:

Causing An Increase In The Level Of Radiation (Images)

– This is not correct. The ash dump is not toxic or dangerous to the environment. As your article states, it consists of dissolved salts of calcium and other metal oxides in the industrial water with high pH (more than 8). They react with microelements of loamy soils, thus forming the effect of turquoise water. The radiation level of the ash dump is normal too. All this was confirmed by the local environmental authorities and an local independent environmental laboratory. The danger is in falling into the ash dump, from which it is difficult to get out without help.

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