Workers unload sewage in Icelandic national park

Eyjan.is reports that the actions of sewer and sewerage maintenance workers in South Iceland have caused pollution in the Thingvellir national park – a UNESCO world heritage site.

The workers emptied a sewage tank at Thingvellir and tests now reveal that the ground water and drinking water in the national park are dangerously contaminated.

For the time being, all drinking water in the area should be boiled; and it is even suggested that people should not pick berries in the area this autumn.

Local health officials met about the matter on Thursday, according to Morgunbladid – and it was decided to issue the sewerage company with a warning but not impose a fine on this occasion. The company must, however, pay as many of the costs associated with the monitoring and clean-up of the pollution as it can handle.

It is thought the sewage pollution could remain a problem in the beautiful Karastadir area of Thingvellir for a month or longer.