Use of water
Water is life: The valuable resource water, with its great variety of possible uses, is indispensable to life.
The growing demand for this limited resource calls for prudent management and efficient domestic, agricultural, and industrial use.
The protection of natural water resources for a sustainable water supply and the utilisation of hydropower as a clean and renewable energy source in consideration of ecological aspects are central public concerns.
But the reservoirs built for this purpose also permit a balance and the need-oriented use of available water resources as well as the provision of flood retention space.
Under the current heading, you will find general information on drinking water, water supply and reservoirs.
Supply and use of water in Austria
Water is needed in households, in industry and trade, and in agriculture.
© BMLRT/Alexander Haiden
Drinking water and water consumption
Water taps in Austria deliver healthy, crystal clear, odourless drinking water. Drinking water is water fit for human use. Drinking water is the most essential food; it cannot be substituted by anything.
© Rudolf Philippitsch
Austria’s Water Treasure - Foundations for Sustainable Groundwater Use
Water of sufficient quality and quantity is essential for the supply of the Austrian population with high-quality drinking water for the nutritional sovereignty by means of safeguarding agricultural production and for the business location Austria. A prerequisite for that is the sustainable use and management of groundwater resources taking into consideration climate change.
© EWA St. Anton
Reservoirs - Austrian Reservoir Commission
Reservoirs are bodies of water artificially confined through the building of damming structures.