Totschnig states – Despite climate change: “Water supply assured”


On average, every resident of Austria uses 130 liters of water per day. However, according to Minister of Agriculture and Water Norbert Totschnig (ÖVP), supplies in Austria have been secured despite the climate crisis and its consequences (droughts, etc.).

According to Totschnig, more than 10,000 kilometers of new water pipes have been put into use in the past twenty years. A total of 760,000 additional people could be connected to the public water network. An AI-enabled project helps locate damaged areas; approximately 3,000 people work in the field of drinking water supply.

While the current year was very wet and led to serious flooding in parts of Austria, the year before was particularly dry. “We should expect there to be longer dry spells in the future,” Totschnig said.

The cooperation between the operators and the constant monitoring of the network ensure that high-quality water bubbles out of the pipe, even in flood areas in times of crisis. Wells are located higher and are therefore protected against flooding. The maintenance of the infrastructure currently costs about two euros per 1,000 liters of water.

There is currently no need to actively save water when consuming; conscious use is preferable. “In neighboring countries, water sometimes has to be rationed. We are only allowed to turn on the dishwasher and washing machine when they are full. This not only saves water, but also money because you save electricity,” says Wolfgang Nöstlinger, President of the Austrian Association for the Gas and Water Industry (ÖVGW).

Source: Krone


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