Russian drinking water endangers lives

Drinking water in Russia is endangering human lives because of its contamination with industrial waste, the Security Council commission on ecological security was told yesterday, reports Russian media service Glasnost.

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Ecologists told the commission, headed by Russian Academy of Sciences Vice President Nickolai Laverov, that the major obstacle is inadequate legislative and financial mechanisms to deal with the problem. The structural condition of water reserves is also very poor. Some 3,000 hydro-technical stations are in dilapidated condition and need to be rebuilt.

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