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High levels of poison found in Rhineland water

The Local · 1 Feb 2013, 09:31

Published: 01 Feb 2013 09:31 GMT+01:00

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One of the affected areas in NRW is the Ruhr Valley, where much of the state's drinking water comes from, the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung said. The paper gained access to figures from the state office for environment, which has been carrying out tests since 1992.

Of the 37,000 water samples taken from hundreds of lakes, ponds and rivers over the past two decades across the state, thousands contained a so-called biocide – in the worst case, one results showed 50 times more than the official limit.

In 2012 alone, 220 tests were over the limit. Between 2008 and 2011, this figure stood at 438.

Generally, a biocide can be a pesticide – and there is a lot of agriculture in NRW – or in household cleaning products. As biocides are designed to kill living organisms, the substance can be found in mould-eliminating sprays and other anti-bacterial items.

But the biocide is washed away and makes its way into surrounding rivers and lakes, posing potential threat on people and animals living and using the water. Some variations of the chemicals have been, the paper said, linked to cancer – as they stop cell regeneration, or mutate it.

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The NRW Environmental Ministry told the paper that the biocide sources had to be investigated, and that the results found were “absolutely not ideal.”

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13:13 February 1, 2013 by ichbines
Soon we will not be able to drink any water. Maybe this will be what ends up killing the human race instead of a nuclear bomb. Gas drilling is destroying the water supply in rural areas of America and Poland. Spain heats water from solar power. Why can't everyone do this? They do not need to destroy things to get heat. And why can't we grow fruit and veges instead of cows and pigs. I do not get it.
17:08 February 21, 2013 by owlguard
Agriculture has to change. Chemical fertilizers distroy the micro-organisms that help break down nutrients in the soil. Chemicals given to farm animals end up in their waste and run off into our water supply. We need to control weeds in fields with goats not herbicides. We need to run cars on CNG or better yet Hydrogen. Hydrogen is a renewable resources that can fuel electric car cells and produce only water vapor as a by product. Answers are there but will greed and pride keep us from making the wise choices?
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