Saturday, June 30, 2007

Danube water quality at good level: Romanian official

The water quality of the Danube River remains constant and will be improved, Romanian environmental official Serban Iliescu said on Friday.

"Improvements in water quality became visible in Romania with the decline in industrial activities in the country," said Iliescu, water quality monitoring coordinator of the Romanian National Water Administration (ANAR).

He added "there are plans for the building of water treatment plants in Tulcea and other Danube cities, and I am convinced that once the plans are carried out, water quality of the Danube river will stay at good levels."

Iliescu made the statement in the eastern Danube city of Tulcea, based on the test results conducted by the Danube Caravan program to assess the water quality of the Danube River.

The program, carried out on Danube Day, was aimed at collecting water samples from the Danube.

He said that officials of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) will organize a scientific group, which has attracted researchers from Danube cities, who will test water quality in real time.

The Danube Caravan, set up by the ANAR and the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development under the guidance of the ICPDR, traveled seven cities of Romania from June 15 to 29, with the aim of raising public awareness on the importance of water protection and conservation.

Danube Day was launched by the ICPDR in 2004. All Danube countries organize celebratory events on Danube Day to display their wish to adopt common measures and strategies for the protection of the river against extreme weather and accidental pollution.

Source: Xinhua

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