Heavy metals in Slovak stretch of Danube are measured at safe levels

Analyses have shown that the concentrations of arsenic, vanadium and aluminium in the water in Slovakia's stretch of the Danube River are below threshold limits, Jan Tkáč of the Slovak Water-Management company (SVP) told the TASR newswire on Saturday, October 9. The measurements followed last Monday's rupture of a reservoir of toxic red sludge at an alumina plant in Ajka, Hungary. Samples from the river were first taken on Thursday between Veľké Kosihy and Komárno in Nitra Region. The second stage of sample-taking is set to run between this Monday and Tuesday on the river's stretch in the town of Štúrovo.

Analyses have shown that the concentrations of arsenic, vanadium and aluminium in the water in Slovakia's stretch of the Danube River are below threshold limits, Jan Tkáč of the Slovak Water-Management company (SVP) told the TASR newswire on Saturday, October 9.

The measurements followed last Monday's rupture of a reservoir of toxic red sludge at an alumina plant in Ajka, Hungary. Samples from the river were first taken on Thursday between Veľké Kosihy and Komárno in Nitra Region. The second stage of sample-taking is set to run between this Monday and Tuesday on the river's stretch in the town of Štúrovo.

Initial results from the sampling are expected to be released on Tuesday. Meanwhile, a 275-member team of rescuers from Gabčíkovo left on Saturday for the Hungarian village of Kolontár which was hit earlier this week by the flood of toxic red sludge.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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