LUXEMBOURG – While drinking water would be available in sufficient quantity for the summer, here are some key figures.
“The levels of underground water resources, as well as reserves in the Haute-Sûre lake, are sufficient to supply the population during the summer months, even in the event of high consumption”, assured Joëlle Welfring, Minister of the Environment, on Friday in a parliamentary response to DP deputies André Bauler and Gusty Graas.
In detail, 120,000 m³ of water are used every day, of which 60% by households, 23% by industry and 8% by agriculture. The rest (9%) is pumped out by municipalities or leaks. These volumes are drawn equally from groundwater, thanks to some 300 springs, and from surface water, thanks to the Haute-Sûre dam.
Drink water from the Moselle?
The fact remains that during the summer, and beyond, residents are encouraged to save this drinking “generally”.
Studies are also underway to find out if the water from the Moselle could be used for drinking water purposes, indicated Joëlle Welfring. She says her chemical status has been classified as “poor”, but with modern sewage treatment plants this shouldn’t be a problem.