Oslo Municipality asks residents to save water to avoid water shortages

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Due to scarce precipitation over a long period of time and several other factors, there is less water in Oslo’s water supply areas. The Municipality is now asking its inhabitants to save water.

“Our water reservoirs that are connected to Maridalsvannet are now at a relatively low level. To prevent water shortages in the future, we have to ask the people of Oslo to be rational with water use,” Oslo Water and Sewerage Authority chief Anna Maria Aursund stated in a press release.

The Municipality encourages residents to take shorter showers, turn off the tap during brushing, use the eco-program on the dishwasher, among other things.

The Water and Sewerage Authority has initiated measures to secure more water, such as the transfer of water from Bærum Municipality and Nedre Romerike waterworks. Further measures will be considered on an ongoing basis if there is no more precipitation this winter.

Current water supply “vulnerable”

“The fact that we must save water highlights once again how vulnerable the current water supply is and how important the construction of the new water supply from Holsfjorden is for the safety of Oslo citizens in the future,” Aursund said.

Oslo Municipality’s water supply comes mainly from Maridalsvannet and associated rivers and lakes in the countryside. Regular rainfall in the autumn and snowmelt in the spring are crucial for a stable water supply throughout the spring and summer.

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