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Friends of the Baltic initiated a public survey to find out how residents evaluate the work of sewage treatment plants in their region.

The villages of Zhivoy Ruchey, Kuznechnoye, Shcheglovo, Yukki, Toksovo, Novoe Devyatkino, Kuzemkino, as well as Lomonosov and Kingisepp towns have the same challenges: there are problems with wastewater treatment in all settlements. According to residents opinions, 5 settlements do not have sewage treatment plants at all, 4 - have sewage treatment plants, but they are broken.

Wastewater treatment worked unefficiently not only in these communities - almost all the villages of Leningrad region face similar challenges.

Friends of the Baltic non-government organization took part in a meeting with representatives of civil initiatives (23.12.18 Trava party) from St.Petersburg and Leningrad region. During the event we shared some methods and expertise of civil science. Friends of the Baltic are using tested methods of public monitoring while working to determine the quality of water in the water bodies of St. Petersburg and Leningrad region. The study of water is conducted according to several indicators - determination of content of nitrates in the water and concentration of micro-plastic. 

Cesspool? No, thanks.

There are 3.5 thousand gardening communities and more than 2 million gardeners in the Leningrad region. Over the three summer months, there collected toilet wastes, in which there are more than 2,300 tons of nitrogen and 300 tons of phosphorus. Half a million people reside on the territory of the Leningrad Region in houses that are not connected to the sewage system. These are 2,275 tons of nitrogen and 255 tons of phosphorus per year. In the absence of treatment, untreated sewage flows into groundwater and surface water, causing eutrophication and contaminating drinking water sources. Cesspools are still the most common way to collect toilet waste in rural areas. 

The seminar "Development of cooperation between government, business, science, population and NGOs on municipal and agricultural wastewater treatment" brought together more than 40 participants interested in finding solutions to reduce the burden of wastewater on the environment.

The focus was on the issues of wastewater treatment in cities, towns, individual houses in non-sanitized areas, as well as the effluents of large livestock complexes and small farms.

Among the participants there were regional authorities, municipalities, environmentally-oriented business, scientists, wastewater treatment specialists, representatives of large and small farms, NGOs, gardeners and residents of the Leningrad region and St. Petersburg.

International visit to the eco-toilet

Demonstration dry toilet with separate collection and composting of wastes in Fauna gardening comminity of the Lomonosovsky district — on November 28, received guests - an international delegation of environmentalists from the North-West Russia and Europe.

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