Due to the pipeline opening on Monday at 22 decided to dump 1.5 km of coast into the Øresund Strait at Skovshoved north of Copenhagen. Since then, 700 cubic meters (700,000 liters) of untreated water have been delivered to the Baltic Sea every hour.
“The repair of the broken pipe will take 24 hours,” the sewage company Novavos said in a press release. “It is difficult to say when the situation will return to normal,” company spokesman Arne Christensen said in an interview with TV2.
The failure relates to the construction of a new wastewater complex and likely occurred late last week, when the presence of sewage in the storm water drainage system was discovered.
According to documents received by TV2, in 2014-18 Copenhagen drained 35 billion liters of sewage into the Baltic Sea from the sewage system, and the municipality of Gentofte, located north of the capital, 10 billion.
In May 2020, due to protests from environmentalists from Denmark and Sweden, the deliberate discharge of 290 million liters of sewage was suspended in Copenhagen. This was happening because of the need to build a new property in Nordhavn and build a new sewage system. Activists have argued that the nutrient-rich, untreated water will contribute to cyanobacterial flourishes in the Baltic Sea and filthy beaches.
Date created: June 2, 2021, 07:53
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