Dirty wastewater of car wash ends up in meadow in Luxembourg

There was a considerable layer of foam on the water (photo for illustration) Photo: Pixabay

The Drosbach meadow in Luxembourg has been contaminated by a nearby car wash, local newspaper Luxemburger Wort reports. The pollution occurred in the village of Leudelange, where the origin of the stream is located. The car wash had not properly connected the discharge of their dirty water to the sewage system. As a result, the waste water flowed freely into the stream for more than a week.

The Administration of Water Resources (AGE) built a dam immediately after they were alarmed, to prevent the substance from flowing further downstream.

It was discovered fairly quickly that a nearby car wash was responsible for the foam pollution. The water board tells the newspaper it was surprised they did not get a warning about the contamination earlier, since it had been going on for some time. The car wash must now repair the installation and properly connect the drain within a set deadline.

Not the first time

The Drosbach starts in the meadows near Leudelange in Luxembourg and is connected to the Alzette River. The stream is regularly in the news because of repeated pollution. Just a week earlier “clear traces of pollution from a fuel could be seen and smelled” at another site.

Again, AGE was able to quickly locate the source of the contamination. Containers of liquids were temporarily stored in a company’s yard. A container with chemicals probably leaked, causing the liquid to enter the water.

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Author: Rene Passet

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