Water shortage – Drinking water use restricted

The amount of drinking water being using in Oberursel at the moment has not changed since the water works put out their request to use it sparingly.  Today, they declared that the town is heading for a “Trinkwassernotstand” – an emergency situation.

If the water usage continues, they will be unable to provide sufficient water for the system using their own supplies and those which are available from other areas.

As such, residents are to refrain from using drinking water for anything other than human use.

This includes:

  • Watering agricultural or forestry land
  • Watering gardens and allotments
  • Watering streets, paths, courtyards, lawns, parks, playgrounds, sports fields, patios, roofs, and other grounds and buildings
  • Operating decorative fountains, water playgrounds, ponds, fish ponds, private outdoor swimming pools and similar items
  • Cooling or cleaning grounds and objects using running water
  • Washing cars and other vehicles, other than reasons of public safety.

Similar restrictions are also in place in the neighbouring town of Steinbach.



About Graham Tappenden

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Oberursel in 1993 and returned with his family to live there in 2003. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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