A lake popular with Instagrammers due to its bright turquoise colors has been revealed as a highly toxic artificial pond used to dump ash from a nearby coal plant. Officials have now issued a warning for people to avoid taking pictures in it due to it being filled with chemicals.
Speaking on Russian social network VKontakte last month, the Siberian Generating Company, who runs the nearby power plant, said:
In the last week, our ash dump of the Novosibirsk TEZ-5 has become the star of social networks. But you CANNOT swim in the ash dump. Its water has a high-alkaline environment. This is due to the fact that calcium salts and other metal oxides are dissolved in it. Skin contact with such water may cause an allergic reaction!
The bottom of the lake is said to be so muddy that it’s almost impossible to get out of. Continuing to write in capital letters, they added: "THEREFORE, WE ASK YOU VERY MUCH THAT IN YOUR QUEST FOR A SELFIE YOU DON'T FALL DOWN INTO THE ASH DUMP! THIS IS THE BIGGEST RISK."
The water gets its bright color due to the depth of the lake, as well as the various metal oxides that have been dissolved in it, the company said. The water is also very alkaline, with a pH of more than 8.