The Limassol municipality plans to ask the government for help in combating beach pollution, mayor Andreas Christou said on Monday.
Following a meeting at Limassol Town Hall with other beachfront municipalities, Christou announced that the Limassol-based technological university TEPAK was tasked with studying the origins of pollution, as well as possible ways to curb it.
“We will take this up with the appropriate ministry, even the president, to request that the legislative gap is remedied,” Christou said.
According to the Limassol mayor, there are “two significant gaps – one in the remit of various departments, and another in addressing non-oil pollution”.
He added that there are no available options in facing other pollutants, like waste and foams, before reaching the Cypriot shores.
Christou stressed the importance of protecting the reputation of Cypriot beach waters, and noted that the municipality has spent €25,000 for the purchase of a boat to patrol the beaches and collect solid waste.