Rising Concentration of Harmful Substances in Daegu Tap Water

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TBC News begins today with a new independent report on the toxic substances present in Daegu’s drinking water. Although the Ministry of Environment stated they had blocked the source of hazardous substances in Daegu’s tap water, it has recently increased.


Park Yeong-hoon has the exclusive report:

On Tuesday, government officials held an emergency press conference where it was revealed that depleted hexane sulfonic acid, an environmental hormone, and perfluorooctanoic acid, a carcinogen, were detected in Daegu’s water supply.

The Ministry of Environment has shut down the emissions of the Gumi Industrial Complex, which is located upstream of the Daegu Water Supply Center, and assured citizens that the tap water is now safe to drink.

[Chung Kyung-yoon/ Daegu Regional Environment Agency]

“The main discharge of the hazardous substances has been identified as the Gumi sewage treatment area. We’ve already taken measures to halt the spread of these harmful substances.”

 

“The main discharge of the hazardous substances has been identified as the Gumi sewage treatment area. We’ve already taken measures to halt the spread of these harmful substances.”

However, the message that it’s now safe to drink the tap water pales in comparison to the truth. Reporters have obtained the results of a test looking for perchloric acid in the Maegok and Munsan water purification plants. They found that the concentration of the substance in the tap water at Maegok is now 258.3 ppt, which is a 92.7 ppt increase from last month.

Meanwhile, the levels at Munsan have increased 88.3 ppt from a month ago. This amount is triple the recommended safety standard in Australia, but lower than the ones in countries like Canada and Sweden. The reason for the increase of harmful substances is that the toxic waste from the Gumi Industrial Complex seeped into the Nakdong River well before the government shutdown, which also means it still lingers in the water.

“Due to the current lack of rainfall, it will take about 20 days before the toxic substances can reach the Gangjeong.”

[Official at the Daegu Waterworks Business Division]

“Due to the current lack of rainfall, it will take about 20 days before the toxic substances can reach the Gangjeong.”  As a result, it’s very possible that higher concentrations of toxic substances in the tap water will continue for the time being. Even with the public statements of reassurance, these latest developments have led to growing public distrust of the water and environmental agencies.

 

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