Heat wave Drinking water supply in Remagen reaching its limits
Remagen · Just south of Bonn in Remagen, the drinking water supply is reaching its limits. The Energieversorgung Mittelrhein which supplies the water is asking citizens for help.
The continuing heat and corresponding demand for water has reached a critical junction for water suppliers in Remagen. The water supply for the city just south of Bonn is already reaching its limits.
Due to the exceptionally high temperatures for weeks, water consumption for garden and plant irrigation has risen sharply. As a result, the drinking water network around Remagen is technically at its limits.
Energieversorgung Mittelrhein (Energy Supply for the Middle Rhine), is responsible for the supply of drinking water on behalf of Remagen public utilities, and it is asking local residents for help. All water consumption which is not absolutely necessary, should be significantly reduced.
All districts in Remagen are affected
This includes the watering of gardens and green areas as well as car washing or the constant refilling of pools and splash pools. The drinking water shortage affects the following areas: Remagen-Kernstadt, Kirres, Auf Plattborn, Kripp, Oberwinter, Rheinhöhe, Bandorf, Rolandswerth, Rolandseck, Unkelbach and Oedingen.
The water situation in Bonn
Meanwhile, the German Meteorological Service is expecting more severe heat and has extended the heat warning which was issued on Tuesday to go until Thursday at 7pm. Temperatures will get close to the 40-degree mark. At least that is the outlook from Bonn climatologist Karsten Brandt, who is already talking about a record summer, not only for Bonn but for much of Germany.
According to Michael Henseler of the public utilities press office, the water supply for Bonn is not in danger. "We get the water for Bonn citizens from the Wahnbachtalsperre (a water treatment plant in Siegburg) and have received information from the Wahnbachtalsperrenverband (WTV) that enough potable water is stored for the next twelve months and on top of that the groundwater storage is also well filled," says Henseler. And since the water from the WTV is known to be safe, you can drink it directly from the faucet without hesitation.
(Orig. text: Victor Franke, Lisa Inhoffen. Translation: ck)