After the dry summer of 2022, more and more people in Germany are concerned about the drinking water supply in this country. This is the result of a representative study by the Allensbach Institute for Demoscopy, which was presented in Bonn on Wednesday.
The security of the water supply had not been an issue for the majority for a long time. According to the survey, in February of this year only one in four could imagine that there could be bottlenecks in the next 10 to 15 years. In September, 41 percent had doubts about the security of supply. 46 percent were therefore not worried.
With regard to the coming decades, however, the respondents were much more skeptical. According to the study, 57 percent stated that they expect problems with the drinking water supply in the long term. 25 percent expressed no doubts. 18 percent were undecided. In addition, the study revealed that the majority of those population groups who associate significant risks with climate change also have doubts about the security of supply.
The presentation of the study was part of the launch event of the new association Right4Water. So far, water protection has always been neglected, said CEO Gaby Gaßmann. The aim of the association is to protect valuable water resources and to preserve this vital asset for future generations.
In the summer, not only did many neighboring and popular holiday countries struggle with major fires due to drought, but in Germany too, the problem of drought and heat became apparent in many places, with dwindling water bodies, forest and vegetation fires and bans on the use of drinking water for less essential activities such as washing cars or patios, filling pools or watering gardens.
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