Personification of Sarno in Pompei
|⁃ location||Above Sarno|
|⁃ elevation||30 m (98 ft)|
|Bay of Naples, near Pompeii|
|Length||24 km (15 mi)|
|Basin size||500 km2 (190 sq mi)|
|⁃ average||13 m3/s (460 cu ft/s)|
The Sarno, known as Sarnus to the Romans, is a stream that passes through Pompeii to the south of the Italian city of Naples. It is considered the most polluted river in Europe, as a result of industrial waste. It flows about 24 kilometres (15 mi) from the base of Mt. Sarno to the Bay of Naples collecting water from the Solofrana and Cavaiola tributaries during the course of its flow.
The Sarno is the most polluted river in Italy due to the agricultural waste and waste water from the tanning factories around the town of Solofra.
There are about 500 small industries in the area which still pollute. Water treatment plants have been installed, however, they do not work to full capacity. The mouth of the river continues to make bathing in the sea impossible, despite numerous protests.
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- Water Pollution Facts
- Albanese, S; Iavazzo, P; Adamo, P; Lima, A; De Vivo, B. "Assessment of the environmental conditions of the Sarno river basin (south Italy): a stream sediment approach". Environ Geochem Health. 35: 283–97. doi:10.1007/s10653-012-9483-x. PMID 23053925.
-  Sarno River: Italy
SOURCE: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Bethesda, MD, USA
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