Germany implements New National Water Strategy

The German government has approved a National Water Strategy. Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke said that the climate crisis could make water a scarce commodity in Germany in the future. The new water strategy is probably good news for most modern car washes. At least for the ones that take water recycling seriously. Many car wash tunnels reuse up to 80% of the required water.

The first attempt to develop a National Water Strategy in Germany got stuck at the draft stage. Now, the renewed draft by Lemke’s ministry has been approved by the cabinet. “Water is vital to us” she said. “We must do everything we can to protect our water – for ourselves and for future generations.”

Like in neighboring countries such as France, Belgium and the Netherlands, Germany faces considerable challenges when it comes to water consumption. The past years of drought have left clear traces in the German forests, lakes and rivers, Lemke said.


The strategy, with goals to be concluded up to 2050, includes restoring forests and green spaces, and developing guidelines to regulate water distribution when regional shortages arise. The government hopes to achieve this by categorizing water consumers in rankings.

Local and federal governments should be able to keep an overview on where and how much water is available in the country through a new registry system, the 120-page strategy learned.


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