Water in Austria
With an average annual precipitation of around 1,100 mm Austria is one of Europe’s most water-wealthy countries. The huge amount of precipitation corresponds to 92 km³ of water - about twice the volume of Lake Constance!
We are challenged to deal respectfully with this precious asset. It is obvious that the protection and sustainable utilisation of the resource water for future generations must be a priority Goal.
Survey of the Austrian Water Management
The tasks, objectives, and challenges of Austria’s water policy comprise three big areas: Resource protection, regulation of use, and flood control.
Drinking Water and Water Consumption
Water taps in Austria deliver healthy, crystal clear, odourless drinking water. Drinking water is water for human consumption and the most important foodstuff. It cannot be replaced by anything.
Wastewater in Austria
Apart from the wastewater from municipal and industrial sewage treatment plants, also polluted precipitation water is considered wastewater.
Rivers and Lakes
How many rivers and lakes are there in Austria?
Groundwater, pore, karstic and crevice groundwater aquifers
What do we mean by groundwater, groundwater aquifer, and types of groundwater aquifers?
What is a groundwater body and how are groundwater bodies classified in Austria?
The project STREAM~LAND supports the implementation of the Integrative River Basin Management in Austria, which will be implemented in the years to come all over the federal territory on the basis of the so-called water development and risk management concept (Gewässerentwicklungs- und Risikomanagementkonzept GE-RM).
On the waterfront – the workshop of hydrography
For many decisions in the field of water management hydrographical data are needed. Hydrografie Österreichs - an independent institution of the federal and provincial administration - is responsible for the fact that these data are collected and made available to the public. For this purpose it is necessary to maintain a comprehensive measuring network and to equip it with modern measuring instruments.
HyDaMS - the Hydrographical Data Management System
Hydrografie Österreich examines, archivises, and analyses the data collected by the Hydrographical Data Management System HyDaMS.
Promotion of Municipal Water Management in Residential Areas
For the establishment and maintenance of water supply and sewage disposal in Austria the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management makes available subsidies.
Water Law 1959 (WRG 1959)
Water supply is one of the most important global issues.