The area where swimming and fishing has been prohibited as a result of the Mishref sewage water plant malfunction may well be reduced by the end of the month, said Director General of the Environment Public Authority (EPA) Dr. Salah Al-Medh’hi on Thursday.
Speaking to KUNA, he explained that the level of pollutants in the marine environment had dropped below 50 percent, and thus the area where swimming and fishing were banned could now be reduced.
Swimming and fishing is prohibited along the Blajat Beach – from the Fishermen Diwaniya to Bedaa – and to the south, passing through Messila Water Village, one mile deep.
It is also restricted to the south up to Sabah Al-Ahmad Coast Guard Base in Fintas, three nautical miles into the sea.
He explained that the Ministry of Public Works was treating sewage water and that this was contributing to the reduction of pollution, while the EPA and Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) were conducting the necessary testing and monitoring.
Asked about the use of certain types of bacteria to treat seawater, he said that KISR had expressed reservations over this, especially as the level of pollutants had dropped with the methods employed at present. Also, this bacteria may have unexpected side effects.