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Water from Užice water supply is safe for drinking and for food preparation

Between 27 January and 6 February 2014, the Institute for Public Health of Serbia "Dr Milan Jovanović Batut" studied over 100 samples of drinking water supply from Užice for biological parameters. Parallel with the activities of the Institute, and in the Institute for Public Health Užice, physic-chemical and bacteriological examination of water was carried out.

The results of physic-chemical, bacteriological and biological studies, as well as their perception, showed that water from Užice water supply is safe for drinking and food preparation. Decision of Sanitary Inspection from 7 February 2014 showed that drinking water from Užice water supply is safe to be used for drinking and food preparation.

Since 26 December 2013, the water distributed by the PUC "Vodovod" in Užice with plants "Cerovića hill" was banned for drinking and food preparation because of the intense bloom of potentially toxic algae Planktothrix rubescens in Lake Vrutci, which served as a source of water supply.

Intensive testing and parallel analysis for the presence of cyan toxins in drinking water, conducted in the Institute of Public Health of Serbia and the Federal Agency for Environmental Protection in Germany, confirmed the absence of toxins in the water and thus demonstrated that the residents of Užice are not exposed to the risk to human health originating from drinking water.

Department of Public Health Uzice, in cooperation with the Institute of Public Health of Serbia will continue with regular medical control of drinking water supply from Užice and activities aimed at protecting the health of the population of the area.

Since 27 January 2014, the treatment plant for drinking water “Cerovića hill” in Užice receives input from a raw water source “Sušičko vrelo” instead of raw water from the Lake Vrutci. Source “Sušičko vrelo”, because of its type (spring water), presents no risk for any kind of potentially toxic algae.

Institute of Public Health of Serbia was a part of the team for the project activities for long-term rehabilitation of the lake Vrutci and reconstruction of the plant “Cerovića hill” in Užice in order to facilitate the re-use of the lake as a source of water supply.
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