Local residents near a river in Russia became so shocked by the water’s change of colors that they decided to post pictures of it on social media.
The Daldykan River, located near Norilsk, Russia, suddenly turned red and authorities have not yet determined an exact reasoning for it, according to ABC News.
However, locals are speculating that it could be due to a giant metals plant upstream and the Environment Ministry in Russia is currently investigating if that is indeed the cause.
Other residents believe that the river’s color transformation has something to do with runoff from a nearby smelling plant, while some have speculated that wastewater mixed with mineral ore went into the river from the Hope Metals Plant.
Although the ministry is still trying to determine the source, they suggest that it was caused by waste pipes belonging to Norilsk Nickel.
Norilsk Nickel, the company that owns the factory, doesn't believe that the Hope Metals Plant is the reason behind the dark red color, according to Gizmodo.
Russia's Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology believes a leaking pipeline is the reason, and they have called for an investigation.
Evgeny Belikov, who worked at the Hope plant, wrote on social media, “In winter, the snow’s also red. On the other hand, it’s beautiful, but on the other, it’s chemical.”
Grigory Dukarev, who is part of the Association of the Indigenous Peoples, is planning on submitting a complaint to the authorities about the river’s transformation, even though he was told that the possible cause of the change was not harmful.
“I’m going to ask the representative from the company to drink this water,” Dukarev said. “Will they drink this water? I doubt that.”
While it is remarkable that this river turned this bloody color all of a sudden, it is vital that officials thoroughly investigate the cause of it and make sure it won’t be harmful to others.
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