Lake Vrutci

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Lake Vrutci
Location Vrutci
Coordinates 43°50′57″N 19°42′42″E / 43.849242°N 19.711545°E / 43.849242; 19.711545Coordinates: 43°50′57″N 19°42′42″E / 43.849242°N 19.711545°E / 43.849242; 19.711545
Type reservoir
Basin countries Serbia
Settlements Užice

Lake Vrutci (Serbian: Језеро Врутци) is an artificial lake in western Serbia, in the municipality of Užice. The lake was created in 1983[1] by damming the Đetinja River, near the village of Vrutci. It was created with the purpose of supplying water to the city of Užice. It is narrow, around 7 km long, and lies at an altitude of about 700 m.[2]

In December 2013, a toxic cyanobacterial bloom caused by Planktothrix rubescens was observed in the lake, whose water was immediately banned for human consumption, and soon after for bathing and fishing. The city was left without water supplies for several days, when an emergency link was built to an alternative source, Sušičko vrelo reservoir.[3] A long-term treatment for revival of the lake started, but As of May 2015 the toxic algae are still present in the water.[4]

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