Collection of articles by n-tv.de on the subject of water supply After a chemical accident, the drinking water supply for around 100,000 people in the northern Chinese city of Hancheng is at risk.
The reason is a vortex of arctic air, which causes extreme cold in many states. Millions of citizens are advised to stay home. Heat and drought are currently causing problems for nature in Australia.
Thousands of dead fish are found in rivers in New South Wales. Now politicians and residents are arguing about responsibility for the environmental disaster. Freezing nights outdoors can be life-threatening for the homeless.
Despite a good system of help, several people in Germany already froze to death on the streets this winter. Stormy winter weather unleashes life-threatening forces of nature in the south of Turkey: A low over Greece pushes warm, humid air masses towards the mainland. Violent thunderstorms are discharging over the coast. Tornadoes form near Antalya. In the United States, several states are forced to declare a state of emergency because of a winter storm.
Many flights are canceled, the streets are as smooth as glass. Due to the budget dispute, many meteorologists are working unpaid. Although the “” Russian whip “” is missing, an ice cold winter week is just around the corner.
At the same time, it remains initially clear – good conditions for an impressive lunar eclipse. According to information from n-tv meteorologist Björn Alexander, it could become white in the country later in the week. “The fire brigade continues to provide water, for example to flush toilets, that people can pick up. (Photo: Moritz Frankenberg / dpa) For quite a while the drinking water supply in Lauenau in Lower Saxony is interrupted. Now the energy supplier Enercity has given the green light again. However, caution is still required. If the community again reaches its capacity limit, the water may be temporarily shut off. Open the tap – no more drop: A nightmare is for the people came true in Lauenau in Lower Saxony on the weekend in the hottest summer weather.
Fire brigade tankers drove to the houses on Saturday to supply people with process water, for example for toilets, and they had to buy drinking water in the supermarket. After the drinking water supply collapsed on Saturday, the situation eased a day later. The situation is manageable and “” should be unspectacular, “” said Georg Hudalla, non-party mayor of the Rodenberg municipality, to which Lauenau belongs. Overnight, the store filled up a bit – even if “” not as much as “” hoped for. Nevertheless, Hudalla assumed that the waterworks could “” easily provide the supply with drinking water alone: ”” The water tank will get through the day. “” It looks different with other uses.
The decisive factor for him: the around 4,000 people in Lauenau had already reacted to the water shortage on Saturday afternoon, and consumption had dropped by two thirds.customer writing service The community ran out of water after the warm and dry days, on Saturday afternoon the water tank ran empty. The problem: In the corona pandemic, people mostly stayed at home instead of going on vacation, so private water consumption has risen sharply, the mayor said. The fire brigade continues to provide water, for example to flush the toilet, so that people can pick themselves up. Tank vehicles should initially no longer be used.
However, the weather will remain hot: The German Weather Service announced a hot week with temperatures above 30 degrees and lots of sun. This complicates the supply in places like Lauenau. The water supply there comes from three superficial springs in the Deister, a low mountain range, explained Hudalla. The advantage: The water is very clean and nitrate-free. The disadvantage: the springs react quickly to the weather, in this case the drought.
In the worst case, the water would have to be turned off temporarily. The local energy supplier Enercity called for careful use of water. Source: ntv.de, can / dpa “News and information at a glance. Collection of articles by n-tv.de on the subject of water supply After a chemical accident, around 100,000 people are supplied with drinking water In the north Chinese city of Hancheng, the water supply threatens to become a problem in the Polish small towns and rural regions due to weeks of drought. According to a newspaper report, the financial investor Terra Firma is interested in buying the largest British water supplier Thames Water.
For the RWE subsidiary, the company wants to make an offer equivalent to around ten billion euros. Package holidaymakers don’t have to accept that the hotel’s water supply fails for two hours every morning and evening. The UK’s largest water utility, Thames Water, faces a record fine because of the poor condition of its pipeline network.
According to British press reports, the subsidiary of the Essen utility company RWE may face fines of up to 140 million pounds (around 203 million euros). The company has come under fire because of the outdated pipeline network, despite record profits and price increases, huge amounts of water seep away every day.
The city of Khabarovsk in the Russian Far East expects the poison from China floating in the border river Amur on Wednesday. The heating and water supply will probably have to be interrupted at minus 20 degrees. In Bamberg the water supply collapsed on Saturday night. After a pipe burst in a main line, there was temporarily no water in the entire city area.
Heavy thunderstorms and downpours did not stop the sweltering heat in France. Environment Minister Olin said that if the heat wave continues, there is a risk of a water supply disaster in view of the drought in recent months. Three faulty transmission lines in the US state of Ohio likely caused the severe power outage in the US and Canada. That was the result of the previous investigations.
Meanwhile, the power supply in the affected areas has not yet fully normalized. As before, more than ten million households in the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada were without electricity. In many cities there were also problems with the water supply. Suez has sold 75 percent of the water utility Northumbrian Water to a group of investors led by Deutsche Bank. “In the coming year, Schulze wants to present a national water strategy. (Photo: picture alliance / dpa) People and nature are increasingly presenting extremely dry summers Problems: Individual municipalities have already called for water conservation in the past.
Environment Minister Schulze now wants to give the local authorities clearer recommendations for the distribution of water. In view of the recently dry summers and the shortage of water in individual communities, Environment Minister Svenja Schulze calls for the distribution of water to be defined more clearly. A hierarchy and new rules are urgently needed for use, said the SPD politician of the “” Rheinische Post “”. The top priority is to provide people with water for drinking, cooking and washing, there should be no doubt about that. “” That is a human right. “” After that it will be exciting, said Schulze – and cited as an example the question of whether the swimming pool has to close first or whether the residents of a city are no longer allowed to water their gardens.
Schulze pointed out that such decisions would always be made locally in the future. In the coming year, however, she will present a national water strategy to give the local authorities clearer guidelines and guidelines, she said. The past dry and hot summers have severely affected farmers and forests.
In some cases, the water table has sunk, so that trees can no longer supply themselves. The Lower Saxony town of Lauenau made headlines this summer, where water tanks had run empty and citizens were encouraged to save water. With regard to water resources, however, the Federal Environment Agency states that Germany is a “” water-rich country “”. In 2016, around 24 billion cubic meters from the ground and surface waters, only 12.8 percent of the water that is available was used: “” Water stress is generally not to be feared in Germany. “” The also supports the distribution of water consumption Authority based itself on data from the Federal Statistical Office from 2016. According to this, the energy industry had a share of almost 55 percent, while mining and manufacturing came together to around 23 percent.
The public water supply made up almost 21 percent of the consumption, so-called sprinkling in agriculture only 1.3 percent. According to the German Farmers’ Association, farmers use 99 percent rainwater to irrigate their land. The water suppliers, however, repeatedly warn of conflicts, especially with farmers. “On the part of politics, the public drinking water supply must be given clear priority over other uses of water, for example over agriculture,” said Martin Weyand, the managing director of water and wastewater at the BDEW trade association. One can learn from countries like Israel how agriculture can be carried out in drier areas, for example with drip irrigation. The municipal water suppliers see it similarly. “If the water supply is not sufficient for all the desired uses and a weighing up is necessary, the public water supply must have priority,” said Ingbert Liebing, the general manager of the Association of Municipal Companies. “” It is more than just supplying the population with drinking water: everyone from the doctor to the zoo is dependent on the water supply. “” In order to manage water resources, authorities, farmers, businesses and water suppliers have to be brought to one table.
The general secretary of the farmers’ association, Bernhard Krüsken, called for a high priority also for agriculture. “If there is a regional scarcity, water use for food production must be given clear priority over car washing and recreational activities,” he said. In order to be able to react to climate change, an irrigation infrastructure must be built for areas particularly affected by drought. In addition, varieties that get by with little water would have to be bred more. Source: ntv.de, jpe / dpa “The Sea of Galilee is Israel’s most important natural water source. (Photo: imago images / Schöning) In the biblical story, Jesus walks over the water of the Sea of Galilee: In recent years a persistent drought has threatened the water, and the water level is now almost at a record high.
The reason is a “” gift from heaven “” – in the form of rain. For years the low level of the Sea of Galilee has caused concern – but after heavy rains in recent months, the water reservoir in northern Israel is now almost full. The Israeli water authority announced that a level of 208.90 meters below sea level was measured. There were only ten centimeters missing from the peak. In 2017, after years of drought, the level had dropped to a record low, 214 meters below sea level. The Sea of Galilee is the deepest freshwater lake on earth. Israel’s most important natural water source is fed by tributaries that come from Syria and the occupied Golan Heights, including the Jordan River, and the Sea of Galilee is also a magnet for Christian pilgrims.
According to Christian tradition, Jesus spent his youth on the banks of the biblical waters. Here, according to the Bible, he performed numerous miracles and the “miraculous multiplication of the bread”, Simon Peter converted, walked across the water and delivered his famous Sermon on the Mount. Numerous churches on the shores of the lake are said to testify to the many miracles of Jesus. Source: ntv.de, dpa / mdi “In November 2019, Tesla boss Elon Musk announced that the first Tesla plant in Europe should be built near Berlin. (Photo: picture alliance / dpa) A huge Tesla factory is to be built in Grünheide, Brandenburg.
For this purpose, anthills have already been relocated and forest cleared prematurely on the future construction site. Now it is clear: Tesla has to submit further documents to the state. According to the Brandenburg state government, the US electric car manufacturer Tesla still has to submit documents for the construction of the foundation of the planned factory near Berlin. The spokeswoman for the Ministry of the Environment, Frauke Zelt, announced in Potsdam that Tesla intends to establish pile foundations, which were not included in the application from December 2019 for approval to build a Tesla factory. Where there was once a pine forest, there is now a huge expanse of sand on the Construction site of the future Tesla factory. (Photo: picture alliance / dpa) The company asked for the application for early approval for the construction of the foundation from March to be dormant for the time being and to submit modified documents. Tesla is thus fulfilling the additional requirements of the authorities.
In connection with this, the electric car manufacturer also wants to change planning details, such as water consumption, according to the spokeswoman. In the region there are fears that the drinking water supply is endangered because of Tesla. The company then announced that it was planning to reduce consumption. The full environmental permit for the construction of the first European factory is still pending, but Tesla has already cleared part of the area at its own risk and leveled the ground there. Tesla wants to build around 500,000 e-cars a year in Grünheide near Berlin from summer next year. Source: ntv.de, agr / dpa “We can still have drinking water in Germany. (Photo: imago images / Westend61) In Germany is it too dry.
The lack of rain is a real challenge, especially for our forests. But does the drought also have direct consequences for us humans? Will drinking water be scarce soon? And how can we manage the water better? When there is no rain for weeks and the sun shines on us without a break, many people are happy at first.
But if it’s too dry for too long, it also creates a lot of problems. Farmers have to fear for their harvests, in the forests the trees fight for water and against pests and when the rivers carry too little water, shipping comes to a standstill – this has a direct impact on the economy. Overall, it was far too dry in 2018 and 2019 and it has rained too seldom in 2020 either. But most of us are not seriously concerned about not enough water. We can see that the trees in the street are drooping the leaves or that the meadow in the park looks rather yellow and withered at the beginning of summer.
But the tap water continues to gush out of the tap. It will stay that way for the time being, says Jörg Rechenberg from the Federal Environment Agency in the ntv podcast “” Learned again “”: “” In the area, it is ensured that the water suppliers have sufficient supplies.