As Europe suffered its worst drought in centuries, residents in Austria’s capital were feeling fortunate because of their plentiful water supply that courses from streams in the green forests of the Alps.
A rarety in the EU, both million inhabitants of Vienna obtain plain tap water from a large number of springsthe main one some 655 metres (2,150 feet) above sea level.
It is a serious subject in Vienna, where usage of clean normal water has since 2001 even been guaranteed in the constitutiona world first, based on the city’s website.
“Vienna is in the fortunate position that, as a city of millions, firstly, we’ve enough water and secondly, that it is water of the greatest quality,” Juergen Czernohorszky, Vienna councillor responsible for the surroundings, told AFP.
The summertime of 2022 was the latest in Europe’s recorded history, as climate change drives ever longer heat spells and the drought parching the continent was the worst in at the very least 500 years.
Yet at the primary Klaeffer spring feeding Vienna, some 150 kilometres (90 miles) beyond your capital, the underground source bears water that’s significantly less than six degrees Celsius (43 degrees Fahrenheit) in temperature.
Some 10,000 litres (2,600 gallons) per second flow right out of the Klaeffer spring alone, feeding a river named Salza that coils down a steep uninhabited valley.
Today, the city’s sanctuary still encompasses 70 sources in untouched mountains south-west of the administrative centre with something of 130 aqueducts.
Thirty-one reservoirs around the town store the water, drawing officials from as a long way away as China to marvel at them, municipal water company Wiener Wasser spokeswoman Astrid Rompolt told AFP.
Each Viennese consumes around 130 litres of running water each day for a few 30 euro cents ($0.30)15 cents cheaper compared to the same amount in Paris.
In Vienna, addititionally there is enough to feed fountains, pools, 1,300 normal water fountains and also 175 mist showers that allow passers-by to cool-down in the light spray.
The growing city plans to renovate 30 kilometres of pipeline each year to get ready for increasingly hot summers expected because the impacts of climate change intensify.
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