The company wants customers to stop watering gardens, filling pools and washing cars. In addition, everyone must take a short shower and only switch on the washing machine at night. The urgent appeal applies to the entire working area of the company, but especially to the provinces of Gelderland and Overijssel.
Very low groundwater levels
A lot of tourists stay there during this summer holiday, which has caused the number of water users to increase sharply. Moreover, these provinces already have to contend with very low groundwater levels and drought.
Vitens supplies 5.8 million households in Flevoland, Utrecht, Overijssel, Gelderland and Friesland with drinking water. Since Thursday, the first hot day, 30 to 50 percent more drinking water has been used, the company said. Usually 1 billion liters of water per day is enough to provide everyone with drinking water, but on Saturday 1.3 to 1.5 billion liters were already needed.
‘No more water from the tap’
“As a result, our water reservoirs are emptying too quickly. Then there is no other option than to reduce the pressure in the pipes. In some places this may mean that no more water comes out of the tap,” says a Vitens spokesperson.
The company is monitoring the situation from hour to hour. “Everyone must now help to prevent drinking water problems, especially now that it remains tropical for days on end.”