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Mystery of Dubai Marina's orange water solved

June 25, 2017 | Comment icon 2 comments


The alarm was raised in Dubai last week after the water started to turn a disconcerting orange color.
The incident caused an outpouring of concern from locals who took to social media to share photographs and discuss what might have been in the water to change its color.

"I woke up this morning and can still see the discoloration of the water, there was no smell, however, by late afternoon it seems to clear up," said witness Shereen Hafidh.

Fortunately though, an investigation by local authorities later revealed that the discoloration was actually caused by a "leakage of harmless construction materials".

The prime culprit was Bentonite, a naturally occurring material refined from volcanic ash, which had managed to spread to the canal from a nearby excavation site through the drainage system.

The leak has since been sealed up and the problem is now believed to be resolved.

Source: The National | Comments (2)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by TripGun 5 years ago
Be a good product and trust your company and your government.
Comment icon #2 Posted by paperdyer 5 years ago
Well, bentonite isn't orange, it's off-white. So what colored it orange that was "harmless" from a construction site.  Send in the Toxic Avenger to check it out.


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