Still Important to Save Drinking Water

The long spell of hot weather and the lack of rain have adversely affected drinking water supplies in Sweden. It has rained in many parts of the country in August, but that is not enough to top up the groundwater.

According to the Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU), a longer period of persistent rain is required in order that groundwater levels can start to recover. The rain that has fallen so far has in the first instance been absorbed by plants.

The Swedish National Food Administration is therefore encouraging people to use drinking water sparingly, and many municipalities have introduced hosepipe bans. Take a look at the municipality's website to check the situation where you are located.