The water in Gevgelija contains 10 times more arsenic than the allowed limit, and for 37 months the State Agency for Food and Veterinary Directorate has issued a decision banning the use of water from wells in Moin, from where the water of Gevgelija comes from. Three years after the discovery of arsenic in Gevgelija there has been no attempts to disinfect the water source or provide new sources, or even to establish new wells for Gevgelija’s water supply.
The Institute for Public Health at the request of the civil initiative “Arsena” on July the 2nd analysed the water, which showed that out of every one litre of water there is a concentration of 17.86 micrograms of arsenic, where the allowed limit is 10 micrograms at most.
The Civil initiative “Arsena” said that the Public Enterprise “Komunalec” although is legally obliged to inform the public, has not informed the citizens about the content and the quality of the water from the city water supply. Therefore the civil initiative decided to organise random tests and analysis, confirming that arsenic is still flowing through Gevgelija’s taps.
According to “Arsena” the price of water should be reduced as the water is unusable for drinking and cooking and they require the citizens to be compensated with clean bottled water by opening specialized shops at discount prices, or even free distribution.