Date
22 January 2017
Whitish foam has covered the lake in the Indian town of Varthur and is now overflowing on to the roads. Photo: NDTV
Whitish foam has covered the lake in the Indian town of Varthur and is now overflowing on to the roads. Photo: NDTV

Urine, not detergent causing foamy Indian river

Massive chunks of whitish foam have covered the lake in the Indian town of Varthur, east of Bangalore City, and is now overflowing on to the roads.

The froth looks like soap bubbles, but it’s something much more repulsive, Huffington Post reported. 

“This is a mix of detergent, urine and fecal matter,” local entrepreneur Elan Kulandaivelu told NDTV.com.

“It is as filthy as it gets. And this in an area that is one of the largest revenue generators in the country, the Whitefield Industrial Area.”

Everyday, more than 500 million liters of untreated sewage flows into the lake from homes and business establishments, causing the huge foam, the news site said, citing a report from the Deccan Herald.

The pollution of the town’s main source of water supply could be affecting the people’s health.

Scientists from the Indian Institute of Science noted a rise in kidney-related diseases and cancer among people living near the lake.

Wells and other underground water sources are also being contaminated by the polluted waters, according to the New Indian Express.

Dr. Vaman Acharya, chairman of the state’s pollution control agency, sought to allay fears among Varthur residents.

The froth is not really a health risk and it’s only “really about bad smell”, he told NDTV.

Acharya said town officials have already launch a cleanup of the lake, which will probably take a year, and are planning to build more sewage plants.

– Contact us at [email protected]

RA/CG

EJI Weekly Newsletter