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Shcheglovo, Kuznechnoye, Novoe Devyatkino. More than 136 settlements of Leningrad Region do not have decent wastewater treatment

In 2013 Vodokanal of St. Petersburg (water services company) checked 310 inhabited areas to learn the quality of wastewater treatment plants: only 277 (87%) of them had water disposal systems. It emerged that 73 (of 214) localities had corrupted treatment facilities. In such districts wastewater was discharged to rivers or ponds, thus the soil and water were spoiled.

Friends of the Baltic conducted a public survey to find out how residents evaluate the work of sewage treatment plants in their region. Zhivoy Ruchey, Kuznechnoye, Shcheglovo, Yukki, Toksovo, Novoe Devyatkino, Kuzemkino villages, as well as Lomonosov and Kingisepp towns have similar challenges: bad wastewater treatment. According to our results, 5 settlements do not have sewage treatment plants at all and 4 of them have broken ones. Wastewater facilities worked inefficiently in the majority of communities of Leningrad region. The questionnaire is available here: clc.am/chsWCg
It was distributed at workshops and conferences on water quality.

The residents of Shcheglovo village complain about stench and colored water. The village has been growing since its establishment; however, the wastewater treatments facilities haven’t been repaired or enhanced. According to the residents, often honeywagons merge the content of toilets directly into manholes and sometimes the sewage system overflows. Activists afraid the facilities do not cope with volumes, so untreated water flows into the forest. Related video: clc.am/QJyd6w

For more than 10 years Toksovo village has difficulties with wastewater treatment plants; the flow goes straight to local bog. Massive construction is underway in the district, so the situation is going to get worse. According to the locals, Novoe Devyatkino village has the same issue. Moreover, towns of Leningrad oblast have spoiled facilities too: in Lomonosov (43 191 people) wastewater flows to the Gulf of Finland; the residents suffer from stench at Safronova Street. The same goes to Kingisepp and Luga. In latter wastewater flowed out towards the Luga River via breach in treatment plant. Related information: clc.am/juC4Yg

Activists of Public Advisory Council of the Luga River visited sewages and found the breach; however, waste waters did not leak out. It seemed like the treatment plant was out of steam. Where does the flow go?

In December 2018 Rosprirodnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resource Usage) stated that the most challenging issue for both St. Petersburg and Leningrad oblast is bad condition of sewage facilities, the majority of them are worn. The Department of Rosprirodnadzor in the northwestern Federal district mentioned more than 1000 areas with water release directly to Neva, Okhta, Slavyanka, Neva, Fontanka, Moyka, etc. Frightening example: in Vyborg district wastewater of poultry farm including slaughterhouse was released to water utility manifold.

The Department noted out the citizens and NGOs’ commitment: more than 300 requests were done during 2018.

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