The Green Party on Wednesday raised the alarm over a large volume of sewage ending up at the Larnaca Salt Lake near the Hala Sultan Tekke mosque.
According to the Cyprus Mail, The Green Party issued a press statement regarding the incident.
“The sewage has affected and impaired the water quality of the Salt Lake, and it is losing its unique ecological value,” the party said in a statement.
After visiting the site, the Green Party described “incalculable damage to the natural environment of the area, as throughout the course of the sewage stream, dense reeds and various trees, such as eucalyptus trees, have sprung up, which have dried up.”
The party described the source of the sewage flow had not yet been identified but it ended up at the outskirts of the Larnaca Salt Lake.
Following a series of reports about the sewage, the environment department went to Aradippou’s two industrial areas, the Larnaca sewerage board, livestock farms and other potential sources of the pollution.
“The illegal disposal usually takes place late at night or in the early hours of the morning, outside of the public service hours.”
It added more inspections will be carried out and sought to specify that in 2020, samples had been taken from seven sites: the Salt Lake, Aradippou industrial area A, Vergina, the old shooting range, two in Dromolaxia, and a river in Kalo Chorio.
As a result, €7000 in fines were imposed.
Criminal proceedings against one offender are pending, the environment department specified.
(Source Cyprus Mail)