Animal excrements likely reason of water contamination in western Norway


OSLO, June 16 (Xinhua) — Water intoxication of around 2,000 people in western Norway was probably due to animal excrements, newspaper VG reported Sunday.

According to Bard Espelid, deputy mayor of Askoy municipality, there is still very high activity of E. coli bacteria in the high-rise pool.

“Our main hypothesis is that we have been polluted by feces that lie on the mountain above the pool and which has been pulled down through cracks in the mountains and come down with precipitation”, Espelid told VG.

Earlier during the week, dog and deer excrements were found on the roof of the high-rise pool.

It is not clear, however, which animal the excrements in the water came from, Espelid said.

He added that there is no indication that there is an increase in the number of people who got ill, but that they follow up and focus on the development of the case.