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Water crisis: Locals in Örebro told to save water

Published torsdag 1 december 2016 kl 16.24
Council: The situation is serious
(1:37 min)
Residents in Örebro have been told to save water.
Residents in Örebro have been told to save water. Credit: Nick Näslund/Sveriges Radio

It might be December 1 with snow on the ground in some areas of the country but residents in the central town of Örebro are being asked to save water.

The council in Orebrö is asking locals to take responsibilty in saving water by for example, taking a shower instead of a bath or stopping continuously running the tap when washing dishes.

The town takes its drinking water from river Svartån but the dry summer and autumn has left the water level in Svartån, and the lakes that supply it with water, unusually low.

"There is a possibility that it could run out and now we have decided to do something about it so it does not", Charlotte Edberger Jangdin, vice chairman of the technical committee on Örebro council tells Swedish Radio.

"The situation is serious but there is no crisis," says Leif Rehnberg, head of the local authority's water and sewage department.

"We haven't seen such low levels before. We follow these lakes year upon year but have never seen anything like it," he tells Swedish Radio.

Other areas of Sweden have been affected by water shortages, in particular on the island of Öland, where farmers have had to bring in water from the mainland.

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