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Cement, cow urine, is ruining Ħal Farrug

Cement wash and cow urine are contaminating the scenic Ħal Farruġ valley following a prolonged leak at a concrete factory belonging to Polidano Brothers and dumping of animal excrement from a neighbouring cow farm.

The cement leak was so big that it flooded fields adjacent to the factory to such an extent that certain parts turned into solid concrete.

But the cement is only one part of the problem. Huge volumes of cow urine were being dumped in the same fields from an adjacent farm, washing down into the valley and raising concerns over contamination of the water table.

The Malta Environment and Planning Authority was alerted to the evidence and Polidano have started a clean-up. 

The farm owner, George Borg, known as ir-Ruman, on the other hand, refused to acknowledge his part in the pollution even after he was confronted with evidence of a pipe leading from the fields straight to an open as big as a swimming pool cesspit, at the back of his cattle farm.

More in The Sunday Times of Malta and the e-paper on timesofmalta.com

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