Tuesday , August 11 2020

The movement “Clean Waters of Zakynthos” are NOT giving up!

In a recent statement by one of the group’s members “Clean Waters of Zakynthos” is not giving up.

The statement is a s follows:-

Trying to activate the competent services and bring to light the causes responsible for the pollution of our seas by boats, the movement “Clean Waters in Zakynthos” addressed the Zakynthos Port Authority during the summer, with two letters asking important questions.

In regards to answers, it is worth noting that out of the 49 Zakynthian boats, only 5 are equipped with a wastewater treatment system, the remaining 44 have a sufficient waste water storage tank, while they do not have a waste water treatment and disinfection system.

Our question remained unanswered whether the permitted length of the voyage was calculated by the capacity of the ship’s sewage tank and the number of passengers.

The data, together with the statement of DEYAZ’s manager at the Zakynthos Municipal Council, which for two years no shipload of sewage sludge was recorded in their diary, raises major questions such as:

  • By what right do some ship-owners criminally act against the marine environment of Zakynthos?
  • How do they get a license, in addition to the permitted sailing time?
  • Who gives them these licenses?
  • Why are the competent services deaf?
  • Do they not know that their earnings have a near by expiry date as the impact on tourism will be devastating due to pollution?

Dear friends, the movement of “Clear Waters of Zakynthos” within the few months of our establishment have managed to stir the dirty waters of a swampy system that is so obviously intertwined on our island.

Some were upset; as a result 3 of our members are being sued for defamation, and had already received their first response from Zakynthos Municipal Council’s unequivocal sympathy for the movement “Clean Waters of Zakynthos” and its members.

We, due to this attempt to intimidate our group, and therefore every struggling citizen, are responding.  We will not stop fighting until the above questions are answered and the maritime pollution problems of our island are resolved.

About Louise Inzk

Louise is Australian born and has been a Greek citizen since 1991. She has deep cultural ties with the island, often writing about Zakynthian Traditions and Culture. She is also an active member of the Volunteer Group of Zakynthos, Giostra Di Zante and is a member of the women's choir "Rodambelos". Her love of the island and all it offers saw her joining the Zakynthos (Zante) Informer admin team in 2014.

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