June 18, 2019 The small community of Askøy on Norway’s West Coast is gathering residents for public meetings this week to calm fears after the local drinking water supply was contaminated. The Askøy crisis has shaken waterworks officials all over the country who have long postponed needed maintenance. Threats to drinking water supplies have suddenly grabbed attention all over Norway. PHOTO: Klima- og miljødepartementet “Both parents and children are scared,” Askøy’s acting mayor Bård Espelid told state broadcaster NRK on Tuesday. Espelid was relieved, however, that the number of ill Askøy residents has dramatically declined this week, after an estimated 2,000 suffered severe stomach ailments tied to the contaminated drinking water. Nearly 80 were admitted to hospital in Bergen, while the deaths of a one-year-old boy and 72-year-old woman are also believed to have been caused by the bad water. They were all infected with the bacteria campylobacter, which Espelid said had now been linked to deer excrement that seeped into a storage pool and spread E-coli bacteria to the drinking water supply. The storage pool has been permanently closed and blocked from entering the system that distribute drinking water, but residents are still being warned to boil all water out of… Read full this story
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