keywords: shortage of drinking water, water management administration, sebes, luxembourg.
This is a highly anticipated response that Environment Minister Carole Dieschbourg is now providing to the National Representation following the question of the two MPs Diane Adehm (CSV) and Gilles Roth (CSV).
In June, the director of the water resource management Jean-Paul Lickes said that Luxembourg would lack of drinking water in the next two to three years because of the country’s economic development pace (and the current sharp increase in population, Editor’s note).
The two MPs then interpellated the minister after these remarks.
“Luxembourg will lack of drinking water by two to three years”
Jean-Paul Lickes, Director of water resource management, June 2018
Minister confirms that the drinking water situation is tense:
– consumption of drinking water during the “normal” period is 120 000 m3/day
– the daily consumption from May to mid-July increases and is greater than 160 000 m3/day
– the maximum production capacity of drinking water is 176 000 m3/day
The production of drinking water to date has three origins:
– a reservoir of 72,000 m3/day in Esch-sur-Sûre (SEBES – Esch-sur-Sûre)
– an underground water withdrawal of 66 000 m3/day
– a drilling of 38 000 m3 / day (SEBES – Esch-sur-Sûre)
The action plan set out by the Minister is as follows:
1 – Improve and increase the production of drinking water
In 2016 was voted the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant SEBES. The State will bear 50% of the cost of this project (total cost 166 million euros). From 2021, thanks to this new plant the capacity of drinking water production from the Obersauerstausee will be 110 000 m3/day.
2 – Saving Drinking Water
A study on scenarios to save drinking water shows water saving potential of up to 20%. Awareness of all stakeholders involved in the economy as well as the proper use of drinking water should be made.
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