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Anger grows over Kuwaiti water treatment crisis

Sewage station breakdown threatens desal and power plants

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A 25-kilometre section of Kuwait City's coastline is off limits to fisherman and swimmers.
A 25-kilometre section of Kuwait City's coastline is off limits to fisherman and swimmers.

Kuwaiti MPs are calling for an inquiry into a breakdown at the Mishref sewage pumping station, which forced local authorities to dump over 100,000 cubic metres of barely treated sewage into the sea.

Swimming and fishing have been banned along a 25-kilometre stretch of coastline at the heat of Kuwait City, where officials quoted by the Kuwait Times said pollution levels had reached over 10 times their normal level.

More than 90% of Kuwait’s water supply is derived from desalinated water, and fear has been expressed that the country’s desal and power plants have been threatened by the crisis.

According to the KUNA state news agency, the official spokesperson of the technical committee set up to repair the station said that a Korean company is sending in a specialist team to assist with the problem, which is due to arrive tomorrow (Tuesday).

Dr Salah Al Mudhi also confirmed that water in the state network remained potable, with laboratory tests of the water off the main Al Shuaibah plant showing ammonia condensation at zero.

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