The Reconquista River it is the second most polluted after the Matanza Riachuelo. Its 80 kilometers cover 18 municipalities in the province of Buenos Aires, from its source in Mercedes to El Tigre.
The journalist Jason Mayne explained on Telenoche that the contamination process began 50 years ago, but that the main problem today has to do with the fact that more than 4 million people Are affected.
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Garbage accumulates on the banks and ends up at the bottom of the Reconquista. “Algae seen in the river indicate pollution or excess nutrients”, explained Jorge López, writer and environmentalist.
“It’s a chemical soup,” said Martín Nunziata, a neighbor and activist. “There are four million people who do not have a sewage system or treatment plants, plus 12,000 to 20,000 industries without discharge control and a good part of agrochemicals”, he added.
In addition, López explained that, as the population grows and more neighborhoods are formed around the basin, sewage plants increase. “The problem is that most of the plants work badly, so they contaminate,” he warned.
For his part, Gabriel Basílico, a specialist in water pollution from CONICET, added that neighborhoods that do not have sewage systems waste is dumped directly into the riverbed. If they throw it in the street, the water goes through the sewers and also ends up in the river.
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The truth is that the Reconquista became the discharge of tributaries from a pig refrigerator, for example. Remains of slaughter, fat and blood infect the waters. In short, it means a high health risk for the kids who are immersed in it today. “If it stops polluting, the river recovers on its own”, assured, convinced, Jorge López.