Vöktun vatnsgæða

Helstu uppsprettur mengunar í ám og vötnum í Reykjavík eru meðal annars rangar tengingar skólplagna, ófullnægjandi rotþrær, lélegar taðþrær og haughús, áburðardreifing, landbúnaður, fiskeldi og afrennsli/ofanvatn af bundnu yfirborði. 


Wetlands are an important habitat for birds, small animals and plants, and numerous species of grass anchor their roots. The waterfront is a wetland area in downtown Reykjavik that is under severe stress due to, among other things, traffic, construction condensation and other human enclosures.

Regular vigilance

THE ARMY regularly monitors the chemical and physical components of the water and conducts further investigations as necessary.

Conclusions of the

(in progress)

Monthly measurement results and annual results Liquidation reports



priority chemical


Card screen with measurement results

Regulatory framework

One of the functions of the Health Committees is to monitor compliance with the provisions of Regulation No. 796/1999 on the enforcement of the protection against pollution of water. In addition to classifying lakes (ground and surface waters) for contamination, health boards are required to set long-term water quality and monitoring goals for the lakes in order to maintain their natural state.

The main rivers and lakes in Reykjavik were classified in 2001 - 2007, and in 2009 monitoring of certain rivers and lakes took place. Here you can see the results of the monitoring of rivers and lakes in Reykjavík in 2009.

Department of Health

Inquiries and/or Tips

  • Interview hours Mon.-Fri. 8:30-9:00
  • Email: health
  • surveillance@reykjavik.is Borgartún 12, 105 Reykjavik
  • Tel. 411 1111

Supervisors should be consulted on the disclosure of the data.