Coldest Spell in Years: Let’s Conserve Hot Water
It looks like the coming days will bring one of the coldest spells since 2013 to Southwest Iceland. Temperatures Saturday morning will be as low as minus 11°C (12°F) Saturday in the Southwest and much lower elsewhere.
As a result, Veitur, the utility company that distributes water in Southwest Iceland, has activated a contingency plan for the coming days.
Such a plan was enacted on December 6, 2013, when hot water usage in the capital area reached 16,000 m3 an hour. The temperature dropped to minus 10°C, with a wind chill of minus 18. By comparison, water usage generally measures 10,000 m3 an hour when the temperature is a few degrees above 0°C.
Based on weather forecasts, it looks like hot water usage in the capital area will reach capacity on Friday and through the weekend. About 90 percent of the hot water supply is used for heating houses, making it essential for residents to be aware of how they can conserve water to prevent shortages.
Veitur encourages residents to save water in the following ways:
Keep windows closed
When going in and out of your home, don’t keep the door open longer than necessary
Don’t use hot tubs
Set your radiators in a way that they’re hot at the top and cold at the bottom
Avoid blocking the radiators, for example with long curtains or with furniture
Reduce pressure on snow-melting systems
This contingency plan will be in effect Friday through Sunday.