The fecal pollution recently detected in Lake Elliðavatn on the outskirts of Reykjavík is reportedly due to a problem with pipe connections.
A study released last week showed that Lake Elliðavatn is contaminated with fecal pollution measuring seven times the acceptable limit according to regulations on the prevention of water pollution. Minor fecal pollution was also found at several locations in Elliðaár River.
Director of Public Health for Hafnarfjörður and Kópavogur Guðmundur H. Einarsson told ruv.is that it appears that sewage has been discharged into the storm water drainage system somewhere in Kópavogur due to pipes being connected incorrectly.
According to Guðmundur, authorities are currently trying to find the source of the problem but as multiple houses have to be searched it could take some time.
It is the first time that fecal pollution has been detected in the lake, though low levels of fecal pollution were found in Ellídaár River in 2009.
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