Lake popular with Instagrammers actually power plant's 'dangerous' dumping ground

Cheryl Sanders
July 13, 2019

It's a highly toxic artificial pond used to dump ash from a nearby coal plant, and, warns the company that runs the plant, unsafe for swimming in.

The dump is not "poisonous", the company said, reportedly evident because the plants do not die there. It's easy to understand why would-be Instagram influencers, travel bloggers, yoga models, and newlyweds stand alongside the iridescent blue waters, using the alluring lake as a backdrop for their FOMO-inducing photography.

Some users joked about the taste of the water as "chalky" or "sweet", though it was not clear if they were being serious.


The bottom of the dump is muddy, the company warned, adding that getting out of the reservoir alone is nearly impossible.

Still, people are flocking to the site to get that flawless IG photo.

Millennials in Russian Federation are flocking to the so-called "Siberian Maldives" to strip down and snap gorgeous Instagram photos in front of the stunning turquoise waters of a woodland pond. As of early Thursday, the account featured about 200 posts and had more than 3,400 followers. The site has been increasing in popularity with Instagram users, who flock to the area to snap a photo with the otherworldly H20.


This has not stopped people from flocking to the site to take photographs. Zheleznova said she saw people setting up "whole picnics by the lake" and "one man even bathed there". He said the next day his legs "turned slightly red and itched for about two days".

"Naturally, you should not swim there, but because of a photo shoot lasting an hour you will not grow a third hand", she wrote.

But the Siberian Generating Company, which owns the site, says the lake's bright colours are due to calcium oxides - substances found in quicklime and harmful to humans - diluted in shallow waters. A company representative warned, "skin contact with such water may cause an allergic reaction".


It is not a lake at all, merely the result of calcium salts and other metal oxides from the nearby thermal power station, which provides energy to the city of Novosibirsk. It is the largest of its kind in Siberia, according to the Guardian.

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