Argentina: A lagoon in the Patagonia region turns Bright Pink, due to pollution caused by industrial waste discharge in water, turning the lake hazardous and bright pink accompanied by foul and phantom smell. The lagoon turned Bright Pink in nature last week itself, said Sada, who lives nearby in Trelew.
A pink lake or lagoon may look beautiful and catchy to the eye or soothing to the ears but the reason behind the color change is quite worrisome, A lagoon in the Patagonia region, Argentina turns Bright Pink, due to pollution caused by industrial waste discharge in water, turning the lake hazardous and bright pink accompanied by foul and phantom smell.
According to medical experts, The lagoon in the Patagonia region turned bright pink due to the chemical discharge of sodium sulfite, an anti-bacterial product mostly used in fish factories to preserve prawns, According to law this chemical has to be treated before its discharge but due to Factory and industry workers carelessness, The untreated chemical was discharged which led to this phenomena.
The same chemical sodium sulfite is also a major contributor to water pollution and contamination in the Chubut River, which diverges and feeds many water resources in the Patagonia region.
People who have lived nearby the Lagoon, have also complained about the constant foul and Phantom smell that comes from the Lagoon making the residents uncomfortable. The foul smell is also caused by Sodium Sulfite as it is used to Preserve Prawns in fish factories.
“The reddish color does not cause damage and will disappear in a few days,” environmental control chief for Chubut province, Juan Micheloud, said in a recent interview when asked about this unique phenomenon.
Factories and industries that work with harmful chemicals should follow the required steps and procedures before discharging the harmful waste into water, rather should other means for discharging as the discharge of harmful substances in water bodies is a threat to aquatic plants and animals and also to people living nearby.