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Health Protection Authority Criticized for Water Situation

Andrés Elísson, former member of the Fjardarbyggd municipal council, has issued harsh criticism of the Health Protection Authority for not testing the drinking water in Eskifjördur in the East Fjords (pop. 1,061) thoroughly enough after blood from a fish factory leaked into it.

From Eskifjördur. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“I suspect that they only took samples at the pool, which is only part of the system and the inhabitants just continue drinking the water,” Elísson told

Consequently, hundreds of people suffered from diarrhea and some of them ended up in hospital, Elísson said.

“If this would have happened in a big city, people would have resigned. But we live in a small community and the Health Protection Authority acts as if it doesn’t know about the situation,” he stated.

Elísson said the municipality’s employees stepped in after people started falling ill and demanded further cleansing. “Then an announcement was made that the water was contaminated.”

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