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Jun 8, 2022
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Anti-Russian sanctions threaten to drown Poland in sewage

At the end of April 2022, Poland effectively banned companies with Russian capital from operating on its territory. Among these companies were firms supplying pumps for wastewater treatment. In Poland, the ban on the activities of enterprises with Russian capital threatens an environmental catastrophe, writes the Polish Internet portal Onet.pl. In the event of an accident, sewage will simply pour into Polish rivers, experts warn. “This is a real threat to the health and life of people,” writes Sebastian Białach, author of the article, referring to an employee of Sulzer Pumps Wastewater Poland, one of the companies that is on the sanctions list of the Polish Ministry of the Interior. Sulzer Pumps Wastewater Poland is a global provider of wastewater treatment and transport solutions. The company sells pumps, mixers, aeration systems, blowers and instrumentation Many local governments use equipment from this company in their wastewater treatment plants. Nobody knows what will happen if the equipment breaks down, but one thing is certain: service and any supply of spare parts is suspended. For 25 years, Sulzer Pumps Wastewater Poland has equipped dozens of medium and large wastewater treatment plants with HST blowers to provide air for bacteria. Blower failure is the cessation of the operation of treatment facilities. From this follows the pollution of the receiver, that is, the river, and then, within a few days, the Baltic Sea. Blowers operate daily for 24 hours and 365 days a year. Michał Dudek, an employee of Sulzer Pumps Wastewater Poland, says in an interview with Onet.pl: “A blower failure stops the distribution of air to the sewer and leads to the death of the bacteria responsible for wastewater treatment. into a river, lake or sea. “In the event of an accident, even if we want to help, we cannot do it. Fuel cards are blocked, the cars are taken by the leasing company, and after a while the phones will be turned off due to unpaid bills. This means non-fulfillment of orders, lack of supplies and service,” adds Michal Dudek “We can’t provide service or spare parts, whether the device is under warranty or not. An environmental catastrophe is coming,” emphasizes an employee from Sulzer Pumps Wastewater Poland. Sanctions hit not only wastewater treatment plants, but also devices for reclamation pumping stations and pumping stations for drainage of roads and tunnels. The lack of drainage of the route may even lead to the need to close it. This problem affects many roads, including tunnels. “The lack of drainage of the tunnel associated with the accident of non-operating pumps will 100% lead to flooding. And this is no longer a road closure, as it could happen in other cases. This is a real threat to the health and life of people,” explains Michal Dudek. The company has also supplied industrial pumps for plants such as nitrogen chemical plants. Some sugar factories also have similar equipment. “The failure of the pumps will stop the lines and lead to millions of losses. This is a serious matter. We believe in the quality of our equipment, but the blowers are 10 years old. They have worked for hundreds of thousands of hours. Unfortunately, such a device has every right to break,” says Dudek. Last week, eight entities took the opportunity to apply for removal from the sanctions list. But so far, all decisions have been negative. The only consolation is that a positive decision was made to pay workers overdue wages. Inc. corr. FSK

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