By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli, 8 July 2017:
People have been warned not to swim off Tripoli’s beaches because of high concentrations of untreated sewage going into the water.
The alerts from Tripoli, Suq Al-Juma and Hay Andalous municipalities said that machinery at sewage treatment works was in poor condition and there was a shortage of chemicals.
Throughout the capital there are nine sewage treatment plants, five of them large. The largest is near Hay Andalous.
It is not clear if the problems are being experienced by all of the plants but the warning issued yesterday said that 94 percent of all the sewage going into the sea off Tripoli was now completely untreated.
A similar alert went out at this time last year, but it appeared that in the high summer temperatures, only a few bathers took any notice.