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Heavy Metals in Stockholm Ground Water

Published fredag 18 november 2005 kl 11.29
Stockholm's lake water is clean enough for fishing

According to a new report, Stockholm’s ground water is polluted with heavy metals, as well as high levels of bacteria from leaking sewage pipes.

The newspaper “Svenska Dagbladet” says the most common pollutants are cadmium, arsenic, copper, and mercury. Twenty-five of 35 samples taken by the city’s environmental authorities revealed above normal levels of heavy metals.

On the other hand, levels of pesticides and organic pollutants are low or non-existent.

The experts say the pollutants are not an immediate risk for the population, as Stockholm’s drinking water comes from lakes and not from the ground water.

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