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Efforts Shift to Alternative Solution for Grindavík Water Leak

By Ragnar Tómas

Photo: Jarðhræringar.

The search for a leak in the Grindavík hot water pipeline, buried under lava from a January eruption, has been abandoned. An auxiliary pipeline is being planned, with efforts underway to complete the project as swiftly and efficiently as possible.

Search for leak abandoned

As reported last week, the pressure in the hot water pipeline leading to Grindavík has been low due to significant leaks both in the main conduit to Grindavík and in the town’s distribution system. The pipeline was buried underneath lava originating from an eruption that occurred on January 14. After the leak was discovered, a search for the source of the malfunction began, and efforts were made to repair the pipeline as soon as possible.

The search for the leak has now been abandoned due to difficult conditions, Sigrún Inga Ævarsdóttir, Communications and Marketing Manager with the utility company HS Veitur, told Mbl.is this morning: “We were unable to locate the leak under the lava. The conditions were such that it was impossible to dig down to the pipeline to locate the leak,” Sigrún stated.

Auxiliary pipeline to be installed

Sigrún added that preparations were underway to install an auxiliary pipeline over the lava in consultation with civil defence authorities: “This is essentially the same strategy that was adopted after lava from the eruption on February 8 damaged the so-called Njarðvíkur conduit,” she observed.

When asked, Sigrún could not specify when the pipeline would be ready but mentioned it would take several days. A detailed timeline will be announced in the coming days: “Work is being carried out day and night, with great effort to complete this quickly and efficiently,” Sigrún remarked.

As reported this morning, the Chairman of the Grindavík Workers’ Union has criticised the reopening of Grindavík, citing, among other things, inadequate infrastructure, such as the unsteady flow of hot and cold water into town.

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