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Bergen residents told to boil water. Waterborne parasites and drought affect 22,000 households. Residents in Loddefjord have been advised to boil their water from today. This year’s long winter has meant Bergen’s water shortage could have serious consequences. The area has seen 600 millilitres less rainfall than normal since December, meaning at least two months of heavy downpours are needed to fill the area’s reservoirs. There are fears of droughts in the summer if things don’t improve.

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Bergen residents told to boil water

Published on Tuesday, 16th March, 2010 at 11:03 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Waterborne parasites and drought affect 22,000 households.

Cryptosporidium parasite
Cryptosporidium parasite
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Residents in Loddefjord have been advised to boil their water from today. This year’s long winter has meant Bergen’s water shortage could have serious consequences.

The area has seen 600 millilitres less rainfall than normal since December, meaning at least two months of heavy downpours are needed to fill the area’s reservoirs. There are fears of droughts in the summer if things don’t improve.

“The situation is so serious now, that we have to take drastic measures and use our water reserves,” Magne Sekse, chief advisor of Bergen municipality’s Water and Sewerage Works tells NRK.

22,000 households are now going to be using water from Storavatnet, and risk becoming infected by chlorine-resistant waterborne parasites such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium if they don’t take precautions.

Residents could also face a long period of inconvenience. Sekse says he doesn’t know how long the situation will continue.

“We must expect that it will last for several weeks, but are monitoring the situation, and would like to abolish the advisory as soon as possible," he says.

Bergen municipality has issued advice to residents here.



Published on Tuesday, 16th March, 2010 at 11:03 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: bergen, water, shortage, boil, waterborne, parasites, chlorine, infection, reservoirs, drought.





  
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