Poisoned by the Drinking Water

Dozens of people felt sick during the summer of 2011 in the 11thneighbourhood of Nubarashen in Yerevan. Later it spread to neighbouring villages. The reason was clear: Water poisoning.

According to the official statement, 87 individuals received treatment for intestinal infection at the Nork Infectious Diseases Clinic and 13 in the villages. The intestinal infection will slowly damage the kidneys. One died, 16 year-old Lilit Mouradyan from Nor Kharberd, who had given birth one month before the incident, died from kidney failure on July 3, 2011 at the Erebouni Medical Center.

The water was poisonous, because the old pipes were leaking, and sewage was seeping into the drinking water. Criminal cases were launched regarding both cases. But after a year of investigation, the police reported that they couldn’t hold anybody responsible for the breach of hygienic rules.

Sara Petrosyan investigated the story and found not only illegal pipe connections, but also a long story of conflict and broken promises. Her articles were published on July 19 and 23, 2012.

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