Liepāja wastewater treatment plant wall collapses

On Sunday evening, the wall of the Liepāja wastewater treatment plant collapsed and untreated water starting flowing into the sea, according to a statement from the local government.

The State Environmental Service reported that approximately 1,250 cubic meters of untreated waste water had flowed into the environment as a result of the accident.

Specialists of the State Environmental Service (VVD) work at the site of the event in order to identify potential risks of environmental pollution. There is also work on possible solutions for operational remedial action.

Construction experts arrived at the scene immediately, and technical solutions were sought as quickly as possible for the reconstruction of the structures.

There are no risks to human health, however, due to the increased risks of environmental pollution on the seaside, the municipality has recommended not swimming on the beaches of Medzes parish and Liepāja in the coming days.

In order to reduce the amount of water entering wastewater plants, the municipality also calls on residents to review their daily habits and reduce water consumption in the coming days.

The services have launched monitoring of water samples to follow water quality. The municipality points out that it is currently difficult to predict the duration and impact of the accident on the environment.

Residents are invited to follow the official statements.

Liepājas Mayor Gunārs Ansiņš (Liepāja Party) said in an interview on the “Morning Panorama” program of Latvian Television on Monday morning that the situation in the city remains serious. Technical staff in Liepaja Water will come with a proposal today to repair the wall of the reservoir as soon as possible.

“We have a plan right now and we know what to do,” Ansiņš said.


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