It could prove necessary to close hotels around Mývatn if no progress is made soon with regard to sewage treatment, according to the chairman of the regional health and safety committee. He is calling upon the national government to invest in infrastructure to protect Lake Mývatn and Laxá river.
The Northeast Health Executive yesterday put out a statement saying that it is essential to build a high quality sewage treatment works for the areas of Reykjahlíð, Vogar and Skútustaðir—and everywhere else on the lake’s immediate water table.
The mayor of Skútustaðahreppur municipality told RÚV that the cost of such a system will be too high for the council to bear. The health executive therefore calls on the government to help with the design, construction and operation of the plant in order to help protect Mývatn and Laxá.
Chairman of the committee, Jón Ingi Cæsarsson, says there is a need for a three-stage sewage works and that only the area’s newest hotel meets the required standards. He adds that the water quality issues are urgent and that if action is not taken soon, then moves may have to be made to limit the number of guests staying in the area.
Closing hotels would be a last resort, but it is unfortunately on the table.