Oslo: Record low reservoir filling level at Maridalsvannet

Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB

Even stricter measures to save water in Oslo could be implemented soon. In the last week, reservoir filling in Maridalsvannet has been at 66%, far below normal.

In a normal year, reservoir filling at Maridalsvannet, which is the source of drinking water in Oslo, would be 88% at this time of the year, Oslo Municipality stated.

At the same time, it is 6.5% above the critical limit of 59%, which leads to additional measures. 

“If it gets very hot and dry in the future, then we will reach the next level of measures in mid-September,” Frode Hult, section leader in the Water and Wastewater Agency, told the newspaper Avisa Oslo.

According to Hult, the water level dropped rapidly during the dry period this spring but has been reasonably stable throughout the summer because there has been more rainfall. 

There are two main reasons why the water supply is not worse at present, according to Hult.

“One is that we have had more rainfall this summer. The second is that we have used less water on average than we usually do since the Municipality issued the call to save water at the beginning of May. I would like to commend both individuals and the business community for that,” he said.

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