Water company Vitens is warning that water pressure may be lower than usual in Friesland. Overijssel and the Noordoostpolder areas in the days to come.
Translation by Traci White
Omrop Fryslân reports that the situation is due to increased use of water during the ongoing heat wave. More people are drinking more water than usual to stay hydrated and beat the heat. The Leeuwarder Courant writes that Vitens typically provides one million cubic meters of water a day, but when hot and dry weather settled into the Netherlands two weeks ago, that increased to 1.35 cubic meters daily.
Water pressure could be as much as 45 percent weaker in Friesland and Overijssel in the next few days. Lemmer, Sneek, Oosterwolde, Appelscha, Bakkeveen, Ureterp, Dongeradeel and coastal areas are likeliest to see less water flowing from their taps. Vitens is calling on customers to avoid unnecessary or excessive water use, such as washing your car, watering your garden and long showers, particularly during the peak hours of 6 to 9 a.m. and 6 to 10 p.m.
Groningen and Drenthe have seen their fair share of water issues in recent days. Dagblad van het Noorden writes that approximately 70,000 homes in Groningen, Haren and Eelde were without water or had decreased water pressure on Monday after a pump failed at a water processing centre in De Punt. The pump was no longer working automatically and had to be operated by hand until the system was rebooted.
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