While Novosibirsk residents call the ash dump “a place to feed the soul”, the owners of the CHP compare it with a military training ground and ask not to touch the water.
In the summer of 2019 in the social networks of residents of Novosibirsk, you can often stumble upon a photo with an unusual lake for the region. It stands out bright and rich turquoise. Because of this, the reservoir has become a popular Instagram location, called the “Novosibirsk Maldives”. There is only one problem: it is not a lake, but an ash dump, where local CHP-5 dumps waste.
Ash dumps are places for collecting ash and slag generated during the burning of brown coal at thermal power plants. The reservoir dug for its needs Siberian Generating Company (SGK), and then filled with technical water, where calcium salts and oxides of various metals are dissolved. Another factor that influenced the color is the large depth of the waste blade, about 1-2 meters.
All this in total gives a rich blue color, which attracted users of social networks. In other ash dumps there is no such reaction. In early July, Novosibirsk wrote on Instagram that near the “lake”, which is 10 minutes away from the city, “a full house” appeared.
In early June, the journalist of the local newspaper NGS arrived at the ash dump of the CHP . In the material he described the place rather gloomily: “Blue even seagulls are here, but it’s still unclear whether the water colored the wings of the birds, or was it just a reflection. Trees in alkaline water do not live long – everything that gets into the flooded area soon dries up. A couple of dozen dried trees and bushes sticks out above the impenetrable surface. ”
Novosibirsk Maldives has become a popular location for Instagram bloggers: a quarry, blue water, some sand, even a small wooden raft. Local residents wrote that because of the hype, the station management even began to block the passage. However, sometimes pipes of CHPP-5 fall into the frame of photos. The name of geolocation in the social network is also not the most encouraging: “ Anomalous zone of ash dump ”.
In social networks rumors spread about the increased radiation background near the “Novosibirsk Maldives”. But in the SGC they say that the reservoir is not poisonous (“blue gulls do not fly there, and plants do not die”), but the background radiation around is “normal”.
Walking along the ash dump is like dangerous and undesirable, as it is not just a body of water, but a hydraulic structure. […] The water in the ash dump is not drinking, but technical, that is, it contains dissolved salts of calcium and other metal oxides, as well as high pH. This water is used only to transport ash. Skin contact with such water may cause local allergic reactions due to high salinity.AGC representatives
As a result, someone signs pictures from the “lake” with phrases like: “A fabulous place, mandatory for visiting and feeding the soul.” And someone calls the reservoir “Poisoned Maldives” and “Deadly Lake.” But the photos in social networks is becoming more and more.