19/04/2016

Sewage sludge that flowed into Patish Stream region Photo: Dan Ish Shalom

MoEP Demands Action after Sewage Sludge Flows into Patish Stream Region in South
Sewage sludge that flowed into Patish Stream region
Photo: Dan Ish Shalom
The Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) has surveyed the region near the Patish Stream, in Israel’s south, in order to assess how best to minimize the damage from a sewage leak. Some 3,000 cubic meters of sewage sludge flowed into the outskirts of the stream, after a technical failure at a wastewater treatment plant. The MoEP has ordered the Mey-Sheva water corporation, which owns the plant, to treat the hazard and odor immediately.


Sewage sludge near Patish Stream Photo: Dan Ish Shalom

MoEP Demands Action after Sewage Sludge Flows into Patish Stream Region in South
Sewage sludge near Patish Stream
Photo: Dan Ish Shalom

​The problem began on April 18, 2016, when one of the digestion facilities collapsed. The sludge that leaked out was sanitary sludge.
The MoEP has ordered the Mey-Sheva water corporation to:

  1. Immediately close all channels from which sewage can flow;
  2. Cover all the sludge with sand within 24 hours;
  3. Remove all the sludge within 5 days;
  4. Submit an investigation report about the incident within 48 hours; and
  5. Treat the odor and other environmental hazards.