Politicians: Sweden should export drinking water

A regional council in western Sweden has backed a proposal to export drinking water from lake Vänern, saying it would be an “act of solidarity”.

The proposal comes from politicians representing the Social Democrat Party, the Left Party and the Greens.

“It’s a serious proposal, to look at the possibility of exporting fine water to other countries where they need water,” Sören Kviberg, president of the regional environment council, told Swedish Radio.

However, Kviberg added that it is not yet possible to say which countries would like to buy the water. That has yet to be determined, said Kviberg, who is a member of the Left Party.

“It’s about solidarity. We can do something about the global water situation by using the water from lake Vänern,” said Kviberg.

The regional council has determined that it is not up to the council itself to export water or even to donate it as aid. One alternative is to offer private companies the opportunity to handle the water exports. However, the council must also determine who is the legal owner of the water in lake Vänern.

Vänern is the largest lake in Sweden, the largest lake in the European Union and the third largest lake in Europe, after Ladoga and Onega in Russia.