People in Oslo must boil their drinking water

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Residents in southern Oslo and those living on the islands in the fjord are being told to boil the drinking water because of bacteria.


Several residents around the inner Oslofjord have been sent a text message in the last few days, where they are advised to boil the drinking water.

“There has been a discovery of bacteria in the drinking water at a test point area, so we are trying to locate the source,” said communications advisor Tone Spieler from Water and Wastewater to Nettavisen.

The warning was first issued before the weekend, but the problem has not been resolved.

We have taken new samples over the weekend and unfortunately still have discoveries of bacteria that indicate pollution. We must therefore maintain the boil recommendation in the area until we are sure that the water is clean, is mentioned on the municipality’s website.

The recommendation applies to people living in the areas west of Mosseveien from and with Kongshavn and southwards down to Ulvøya, as well as the islands Bleikøya, Sjursøya, Ulvøya, Ormøya, Malmö and Malmøykalven.

“If the water is boiled, it’s not dangerous, but the water should be boiled for at least a minute,” Spieler emphasizes.

The municipality is working to find the cause of the pollution, but will not have answers to new tests until Thursday and possibly will raise the boil recommendation.


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