Instagrammers asked not to enter pristine blue lake in Siberia

Lester Mason
July 13, 2019

"This is due to the fact that calcium salts and other metal oxides are dissolved in it", the Siberian Generating Company said on social media page VKonatakte.

The lengthy advisory, however, appears to have done little to quell the flow of visitors, marking the latest example of the lengths to which people will go for the flawless Instagram photo. One user commented: "Enjoy that toxic water".

"In the last week, our ash dump of the Novosibirsk TEZ-5 has become the star of social networks", it said.

Instagrammers have flocked to the deceivingly pristine-looking lake and snapped photos as they posed in bikinis and took wedding photos on its shores - and even paddle-boarded in the middle of the toxic dump.

This has not stopped people from flocking to the site to take photographs. "This is the greatest risk". But this gorgeous Russian water feature is no picture postcard. Zheleznova said she saw people setting up "whole picnics by the lake" and "one man even bathed there". (We're sure a misguided comparison or two will pop up on Twitter soon.) But putting your delicate human body into the water isn't a good idea, either. Many tourists come to recreate pictures they've seen on Instagram of people standing in the middle of the temple, with water mirroring their reflection back at them.


Crystal-clear turquoise water against the backdrop of a clear blue sky along the beach may very well be the makings of a flawless Instagram post. He insisted the water isn't unsafe, but "the next morning, my legs were slightly red and itchy", Cherenkov said according to a translation.

"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 when a power plant has to remind you that swimming in their chemical waste dump is "not allowed" and "hazardous", you can pretty much bet you've gone too far.

"The dump is NOT poisonous: blue gulls do not fly there, and plants do not die".

But the company added that the water's contents could "lead to an allergic reaction". The lake was created in the 1970s and is the largest of its kind in Siberia.

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