Water shortage threatens – Be smart using the drinking water!The hot and dry weather continues and now the consumption of drinking water in Gävle, Ockelbo, Älvkarleby and Östhammar increases. At the same time, groundwater levels are falling steadily. Unless our water consumption is reduced there is a risk of water shortages.
The heat combined with the drought continue to cause water supply problems. We use more water than normal and the water consumption has increased too much, especially in the municipalities of Gävle, Ockelbo, Älvkarleby and Östhammar. Throughout Östhammar municipality, water availability is already limited and the increased consumption makes the problems even bigger.
Our water treatment plants are running at their maximum capacity. The capacity is limited for the purification and production of drinking water.
Now everyone has to help in saving water!
We appeal to everyone that gets their water from the municipalities in Gävle, Ockelbo, Älvkarleby and Östhammar to use the drinking water smart as long as the heat wave lasts.
If water consumption does not drop, we risk that some areas may suffer from poor pressure and even become completely without water in their wiring. If the pressure is lost, bacteria may enter the system and then the water needs to be boiled before drinking.