Rospotrebnadzor confirms good quality of water in St. Petersburg


On November 11, TASS Information Agency hosted a press conference dedicated to the city’s drinking water quality and compliance with sanitary and epidemiological standards. The event was attended by representatives of Rospotrebnadzor St. Petersburg, State Unitary Enterprise “Vodokanal of St. Petersburg” and the Housing Committee. 

N.S. Bashketova, Manager of the St. Petersburg Office of the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being, Chief State Sanitary Doctor for the City of St. Petersburg, said that St. Petersburg and Moscow are the only Russian cities fully provided with good-quality drinking water. She noted that the raw water quality in the Neva is low in terms of microbiological parameters, however, thanks to a multi-stage purification system, tap water meets all SanPiN standards. N.S. Bashketova emphasized that St. Petersburg was not included into the Russian Water Federal Programme because its drinking water quality is at the highest level anyway.

T.M. Portnova, Chief of the Process Manager’s Service at the Technical Department of the St. Petersburg Water Supply Branch, reminded the press conference participants of the monitoring system in operation at the city’s water treatment facilities. At Vodokanal, water quality is controlled according to the Drinking Water Quality and Safety Control Programme based on SanPiN requirements and approved by Rospotrebnadzor Office in St. Petersburg.  The Programme covers 441 points where 111 parameters of water quality are monitored.  Water quality is monitored on a daily basis: by Vodokanal, independent organizations and Rospotrebnadzor Office in St. Petersburg, and at every stage, starting with water intake. In addition, a biomonitoring technology is used at all Vodokanal plants.

Among other press conference speakers was A.I. Dzhalalov, Manager of the Housing Committee’s Technical Department. He mentioned that the number of the citizens’ complaints about the quality of cold water decreased by 15% in 2019, compared with the same period last year. However, he pointed out that some building management companies failed to flush the plumbing systems in due time. 

Reminder: For any information on the quality of tap water, the citizens are invited to call Vodokanal Hotline, tel. (812) 305-09-09.