Pollution: Riachuelo La Matanza

Ignacio Kahnlein and Loana Niebuhr

Where it is located?

It goes from Gral. Las Heras to the costanera Thermal Plant.

Main sources of pollution

The main sources of pollution of the watershed are sewage and industrial discharges mainly from the food sector. The latter very toxic and the previous include heavy metals, as:

Lead

Mercury

Zinc

Cadmium

Copper

Magnesium

Nickel

Hydrocarbons

Etc

How population is afected?

The effects that the people residing in the vinicity of the river have are associated with deteriorating health. Most diseases are cardiovascular, including skin tumors and diarrhea, caused by breathing foul odors and by contact of comsumption of contaminated water and other substances. Poor sanitary conditions, deterioration of the quality of groundwater and recurrent flooding affecting low-lying areas and accentuate the transmission and contagion.

How the government is envolved?

Erradication of middens, water processing plants and investigation of the nearby industries (PISA and ACUMAR)