Drinking water shortage. Saving won't help

At the end of last year, the government approved a new law on potable water. Basically, it was an adaptation of the EU guideline for Luxembourg's legislation. The law is to update quality standards and control the use and consumption of natural resources in a better way.

Drinking water shortage. Saving won't help

Every day the Grand Duchy consumes 120,000 m³ of water for its needs. 60% of this goes to households, 22% to construction and industry, 9% is consumed by agriculture and another 9% is being lost due to leaks, for example.

The summer of 2022 demonstrated the consequences of a severe water shortage and taught people to be economical. But a recent study shows that even saving will not help. Since 2030, water will be in deficit. This will be especially critical during rush hours and during droughts. The continuing growth of the country's population will be the primary reason for such events.

Moreover, about 100 underground tanks will not be available due to pollution. Underground sources provide half of Luxembourg's drinking water for now. The other half comes from Esch Sur Sure Lake.

The results of the study will be fully published this spring.