Water conservation

The aim is to ensure the protection of the groundwater and water conservation areas of the capital, thus contributing to the maximum hygiene and quality of untreated drinking water in the capital for the future.

General about the water conservation area

The capital is on the edge of a vast lava and gravel bay. The bedrock is all very leaking and swallows in almost all the debris. Most precipitation falling on the capital therefore flows with groundwater currents to the sea.

The main water conservation area stretches from the Blue Mountains towards the northwest to the urban boundary of the area. To the south-west, the area extends to the border with Waterless Beach, to the south to the border of Grindavik, but to the east to the border of the municipality of Ölfuss.

Classification of the protected area

The water conservation area is divided into four categories according to the requirements for the protection of the area.

 

Well area; is located in the immediate vicinity of a watering point, is completely protected from unauthorized traffic, operations and activities except on the roads of the waterway.

 

A neighboring zone; takes over from a well zone and the size is determined by the sensitivity of the zone with respect to, for example, leaks and cracks. All activities and activities that may threaten the safety of water conservation are prohibited.

 

Remote area; this is the primary river basin for groundwater streams and any use of land must fall to the preconditions of water conservation.

 

Safety area; utilization shall be in accordance with organizational plans and activities that may entail contamination are prohibited.

Regulatory framework

The Capital Water Protection Region is governed by the approved Decree No. 555/2015 but the objective of the approval is to ensure the protection of the groundwater and water conservation areas of the capital so that the quality of drinking water at the watercourse always meets the requirements of current legislation.

This will help ensure maximum hygiene and quality of untreated drinking water in the capital for the future by preventing unwanted effects caused by activities, activities and turnover in the water conservation areas of water bubbles in the area.

All the municipalities in the capital unite for the approval. The three metropolitan health departments form the executive body in charge of the water conservation area.

Adoption of water conservation legislation

Meetings and annual reports of the Commission on Water Protection in the Capital Region.

 

Reykjavík Public Health Authority

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