Drinking water is becoming an increasingly precious resource, but there is no immediate danger to Luxembourg's supply.

The Grand Duchy's capacities have been extended and additional resources can be activated - even Moselle water could be treated for consumption in the future, as one expert has explained.

However, with May being extremely dry until the heavy rainfall of the past couple of days, water use has been relatively high, matching volumes of summer months, said Christian Schroeder from the SEBES.

Reservoir lake has enough water
The Stauséi lake is pretty full at 319 meters above sea level. It currently holds about 50 million cubic meters of water. SEBES uses around 20 million cubic mieters a year, on average.

Ground water levels insufficient

With the little rain we've had over the winter, there is a deficit of 30 percent in ground water, said Jean-Paul Lickes, director of the water authority, in an interview with RTL. Ground water makes up just under half of our drinking water. Should we get another winter like this, it will be a problem.

Drinking water from the Moselle?

Treating Moselle water is technically feasible, said Lickes. First studies have already been done.

"The Moselle has the advantage that it has a completely different and much larger drainage basin. This means that even with climate change, the fluctuations will be smaller."
This makes it a more reliable source of water.

Saving water?

Generally, it is always wise to save water, not just during droughts. Water is one of our most precious resources. In Luxembourg, water use per capita has gone down over the past years, but with population growth, our total use has still gone up.