Urine, Not Detergent Causing Disgusting Foam On India's Varthur Lake

05/04/2015 04:47 pm ET | Updated May 04, 2015

Officials in the Indian town of Varthur will have a whiz of a time cleaning up the lake that supplies their water.

More than 500 million liters of untreated sewage flows into the lake everyday from local homes and businesses, causing a frothy foam so immense that it is overflowing on to the roads, according to the Deccan Herald.

The froth looks like soap bubbles, but it's something much more repulsive, according to Elan Kulandaivelu, an entrepreneur who lives near the lake.

"This is a mix of detergent, urine and fecal matter," Kulandaivelu told "It is as filthy as it gets. And this in an area that is one of the largest revenue generators in the country, the Whitefield Industrial Area."

There's even more reason to be pissed off: Scientists of the Indian Institute of Science said there has been a rise of kidney-related diseases and cancer among people living near the lake. In addition, wells and other underground water sources are being contaminated by the polluted waters of Varthur Lake, the New Indian Express reports.

No one is happy about having to avoid the urine-scented froth when it floods on to roads, but some officials think people are raising too much of a stink about it.

Dr. Vaman Acharya, chairperson of the state's Pollution Control told NDTV the froth is not a health risk because it's only "really about bad smell."

Archarya predicts a cleanup will take a year at least. He also said that more sewage plants are planned to be built around Varthur, which should help alleviate the problem.

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