Travel service companies in Skútustaðahreppur district by Mývatn lake and the district itself have obtained an extension until June to provide plans for sewer improvements, RÚV reports. The Northeast Iceland Public Health Authority would like the sewage system to fulfill requirements by the end of this year.
At a meeting last night, the Public Health Authority noted that larger firms in Skútustaðahreppur district and the district itself will be required to turn in a time schedule for improvements by June 17.
Alfreð Schiöth, CEO of the Public Health Authority remarked, “We hope that all parties will turn in a plan for improvements, making it possible to see a solution to this issue by the end of this year, at least. Construction would then take place this summer and fall, and maybe into winter, so that next summer  at the very latest, we’ll enter a totally different and improved environment.”
Instead of being connected to an acceptable sewage system, companies are given the option to direct their sewage into closed tanks, which can then be emptied and the sewage moved out of the area.
“Now it’s up to the minister for the environment and the minister of finance to decide how the government will participate in this project,” Alfreð stated.