Wild ducks chose Vodokanal’s facilities for wintering


This year, migratory birds stayed for the winter at the wastewater treatment plant of SUE “Vodokanal of St. Petersburg”. The water at the wastewater treatment plant is so clean that it was chosen by a flock of wild ducks.

The flocks of birds and the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) - such a neighborhood does not surprise Vodokanal’s employees at all. Who would have imagined that behind such apparently an unromantic object as wastewater treatment plant stands a nature reserve. Ducks lazily sit at secondary sedimentation tanks, mallards doze on the sand traps, wild birds paddle at the outlets – ducks marked by piece and comfort seem to be very pleased with themselves and their life. Birds choose the most comfortable living conditions near clean water and food.

Vodokanal’s employees are accustomed to such a neighborhood and look after their “pets”, and the birds are no longer afraid of Vodokanalers. From time to time, in order to stretch their wings, prove their independence or explore the nearby territories for more comfortable living conditions, the Kryaks (such name is given to the flock of ducks by the company employees at WWTP in the settelment of Olgino) fly away from the territory, but always return home.

The Bely Island, which has a restricted access and thereby becomes even more attractive, has been home to weasels for several years. The piled up slopes at the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant are dotted with holes, and in the winter months, the snow is covered with traces of this twisty guest of Vodokanal. Seagulls and ducks neighbor upon the furry animal. They feel like masters of the territory.


It bears reminding that WWTP receives domestic and industrial as well as surface (rain, melt) wastewater. SUE “Vodokanal of St. Petersburg” applies advanced technologies that ensure wastewater treatment in compliance with Russian legislation, as well as the recommendations of the Helsinki Commission for the Protection of the Baltic Sea. The treated effluent at the outlet of the plant is a favorable and safe environment for all representatives of flora and fauna. Today, 99% of all wastewater is treated in St. Petersburg.