CR121- Müllerthal; Credit: Water Management Authority

Luxembourg's Water Management Agency has reported that the Black Ernz river has been polluted following an accident involving a lorry.

Since Tuesday morning, the Water Management Agency and the Grand Ducal Fire and Rescue Corps (Corps grand-ducal d'incendie et de secours - CGDIS) have been working on the CR121 in the Müllerthal to fight against pollution caused by around 15,000 litres of liquid manure and around 100 litres of hydrocarbons spilling into the Black Ernz following a lorry accident. The Grand Ducal Police were also on the scene.

In order to limit the spread on downstream watercourses, particularly the Sûre river, the CGDIS has set up several dams to retain pollutants. The Water Management Authority and the CGDIS are organising together with the SIDEST inter-municipal union the installation of adequate equipment in order to limit the impact of pollution on aquatic life.

The Water Management Authority and the Grand Ducal Police have taken water analyses in several places, and the international CIPMS alert plan has been triggered.