Water from the tap in the Ukrainian town of Vinnytsya smells badly, it tastes badly, citizens don’t like it. But according to the waterworks the drinking water complies to all state norms, and the chief sanitary doctor Iryna Odnostalko sees no problems here: ‘If you drink the water from the tap, trust me, it will not harm your health’.
But the citizens of Vinnytsya do not like the water, because of the smell and taste. So journalists from the Rivne Agency for Investigative Journalism did an investigation of the water services of Vinnytsya and e.g. took samples for analysis in eight districts. It does comply with public standards, but experts demand tests on more in-depth indicators such as neurotoxicity, chlorine and metals.
Part 1 “On Water From the Faucet: Chlorine Smell, Bad Taste, Sediment” by reporter Oksana Polishchuk was published on July 8, 2015.
Part 2 “The Water Service Explained Why Our Water Smells Bad” by reporters Oksana Polishchuk and was published on July 15, 2015.
Part 3 “What Pipes Does Drinking Water ‘Go Through’ to Reach Vinnytsya Residents?” by reporter Oksana Polishchuk was published on July 22, 2015.
Part 4 “RIA Journalists Investigated Faucet Water in an Independent Laboratory” by reporters Oksana Polishchuk and Evheniy Frolov was published on July 29, 2015.
Part 5 “Good Tests, Bad Water. Why is it so?” by reporter Oksana Polishchuk was published on August 5, 2015.