Round Table “Protocol on Water and Health: European Approach to improve access to safe water in Kharkiv” Print
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:31

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On June 3 2016 "MAMA-86-Kharkiv" in cooperation with the faculty of engineering networks and urban ecology of Kharkiv National University of Municipal Economy named after O. Beketov whithin the framework of the network project "Equal rights to water and sanitation in the Ukraine" by UNENGO "MAMA-86" (supported by SIDA) held a round table "Protocol on water and health: European approach to improve access to safe water in Kharkiv".

On June 3 2016 "MAMA-86-Kharkiv" in cooperation with the faculty of engineering networks and urban ecology of Kharkiv National University of Municipal Economy named after O. Beketov whithin the framework of the network project "Equal rights to water and sanitation in the Ukraine" by UNENGO "MAMA-86" (supported by SIDA) held a round table "Protocol on water and health: European approach to improve access to safe water in Kharkiv".

The event was attended by specialists of the Main Directorate of State Sanitary and Epidemiological Service in Kharkiv region, NDU "Ukrainian Scientific Research Institute of Ecological Problems" SE "Kharkiv Center for Consumer Protection" Research Center of Water Supply and Water Quality of Engineering Academy of Ukraine, Kharkiv National Pedagogical University named after G. Skovoroda, SI "Institute of endocrine pathology named after V. Danilevsky of National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine", SI" Institute of Medical Radiology named after S. Grigoriev of National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine", Kharkiv National Academy of Municipal Economy named after O. Beketov, JSC "Institute Pivdendiproshaht", school teachers, environmental NGO representatives and media.

The participants in the round table discussed the need and ways to implement European approach to access to quality safe water for people in Ukraine, including Kharkiv region.

Ukraine in 2003 ratified the Protocol on Water and Health to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes in 1992 — the first in the world legislation aimed at combating deaths and diseases related to water of poor quality. National and local authorities and companies that provide water and wastewater services have to meet the requirements of this Protocol.

Testing laboratory of quality and safety of drinking water at the SI "Institute of Hygiene and Medical Ecology named after O. Marzeev, National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine in 2015 commissioned by “MAMA-86-Kharkiv" conducted a physical and chemical study of tap water in Kharkov. The results showed that the quality of tap water for certain indicators does not meet state standards 2.2.4-171-10 "Hygienic requirements for drinking water intended for human consumption" by the content of organochlorine compounds (CO): chloroform (2 times), bromodichloromethane (2 times), dibromchloromethane (more than 6 times). Prolonged use of such water can adversely affect human health. CO inherent carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic properties. The water of 15 most popular natural sources was also examined, which is an alternative water supply used for drinking and cooking by kharkovites. However, water in some sources exceeds standards of lead content and in several sources bacterial contamination (coliforms) was found.

Residents are mostly not aware of the existing water problems and moreover, how to solve these problems. So these issues were also discussed during the round table.

Participants of the round table concluded that tap water in Kharkiv meets state standards for the the content of cations and anions, and its taste is pleasant. But the content of organochlorine compounds of tap water in periods of sharp deterioration of surface water sources (flood, "bloom" of water, etc.) does not meet hygiene requirements and is an essential factor for carcinogenic and mutagenic risks to health of the residents of Kharkiv region. Thus there is an urgent need to improve the technology of water disinfection.

To provide the population, especially socially vulnerable groups, with quality drinking water in the region the drinking water purification stations must be brought in centralized water supply systems in educational institutions (especially pre-schools and schools), medical and health institutions, public meal facilities.

Information about the round table and its results posted here: http://timeua.info/post/obshestvo/pit-ili-ne-pit--04076.html

Photos of the round table here.

 
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