Thursday, May 26

50 out of 55 municipalities have poor control of the sewer

In 2021, the state administrator carried out a nationwide inspection of municipal sewage systems.

– Very many municipalities have a drainage system that is not in accordance with the regulations. If sewage systems are not maintained or expanded in line with the area development in the municipality, it can lead to extensive discharges of untreated or poorly treated wastewater to water bodies, says section leader Henning Gøhtesen in the Norwegian Environment Agency in a press release.

The action mainly includes municipalities that have not had supervision within the wastewater area in recent years. In 17 municipalities, the state administrator considered the breaches of the regulations to be serious.

The action revealed that 75 per cent of the controlled municipalities have not assessed the environmental risk well enough, and that almost half of the municipalities do not have an overview of the total emissions from the sewage system. As many as 70 per cent of the municipalities do not have good enough control over the emissions from the treatment plants.

– We expect the municipalities to correct the violations of the regulations that were uncovered during this control action and ensure that the environmental regulations are followed, says Gøhtesen.

The state administrator will follow up the municipalities with new inspections.


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