Analysis showed presence of heavy metals in the Spreča River, Lake Modrac and fish from Lake Modrac

Within the campaign “Water for All!”, which is being implemented by the Center for Ecology and Energy and funded by the European Union, a round table was held today in Tuzla, at which the document “Analysis of physicochemical parameters and presence of heavy metals in Lake Modrac and the river Spreča” was presented.

The round table was attended by representatives of relevant ministries, inspections, universities, civil society organizations and citizens. The roundtable presented the results of the analysis, which included the physical and chemical analysis of the water of Lake Modrac and the Spreča River, analysis of the presence of heavy metals in water in Lake Modac and the River Spreča, as well as analysis of fish meat from Lake Modrac on the content of heavy metals, analysis of the presence of organic pollutants and heavy metals in soil in the lower Spreča River, and how heavy metals affect human health and the environment.

“The analysis showed that, by the content of suspended matters, the Spreča River is classified into the worst watercourse category (IV category), while the water quality analysis of Lake Modrac indicates a high concentration of total phosphorus and total nitrogen indicating that Lake Modrac is in a trophic state, and a significant uptake of suspended matter into the lake was also identified. High concentrations of heavy metals were found in the analyzed samples of the Spreča River. Particularly noticeable is the extremely high concentration of arsenic, lead and cadmium. Lead, nickel and cadmium have also been found to be present in the water of Lake Modrac, which is a serious pollution of water and can cause a long-term negative impact on the ecosystem of the lake. In the analyzed sample of Babushka (Carrasius gibelo), bioaccumulation of lead and cadmium was found at high concentrations, which is why it is not advisable to use this type of fish for human consumption, ”it was pointed out at the round table.

The “Water for All!” Campaign is about industrial water pollution, with the Spreča River and Lake Modrac in focus. It is being implemented within the Eko BiH project funded by the European Union in the amount of 350,000 EUR, and co-financed by the Municipality of Lukavac and the French Embassy in BiH.