Malfunction causes sewage pollution on Reykjavík shore

23.09.2022 - 17:59
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 Mynd: Kristinn Þeyr Magnússon - RÚV
Faecal pollution on the shore at Ægissíða in Reykjavík in monitoring this month was four times higher than the upper safe limit. Sewage has been flowing untreated into the sea due to repairs being conducted on the pumping station at Faxaskjól.

The sewerage system in Reykjavík allows untreated sewage to flow into the sea close to the city shoreline when malfunctions occur at pumping stations, as happened recently at Faxaskjól.

The city health department took samples on the shore this Tuesday.

Water containing more than a thousand faecal coliforms per 100 millilitres is considered above safe limits. The water at Ægissíða contained 4,400 such microbes per 100 ml.

A written response to RÚV from Árný Sigurðardóttir, the head of the Reykjavík public health department, says the emergency sewage overflow pipe on the shore in the Vesturbær area was finally closed again yesterday.

Following this, further samples will be taken after the weekend to establish if water quality has improved. Árný says pollution of this type is likely to subside quickly once its source has been turned off.

Special water quality monitoring will take place in connection to planned sewerage system maintenance at Klettagarðar.

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