Environmental issues

Water conservation

It is very important to us at Veitur to make sure that we have clean drinking water for residents of the areas served by us and not just for the present day but also further into the future. Prevention and control to ensure the quality of the water is carried out systematically. Heiðmörk is Veitur’s main water extraction areas for the capital and that water processing is based entirely on clean, untreated groundwater. Motor vehicle traffic on roads in water conservation areas is high, the settlement has moved closer and various activities are being carried out. Ideas at various stages of construction in and around the cause us concerns. It is important that people are aware of the importance of conservative treatment of the water extraction area. Clean drinking water in the vicinity of the settlement is an immeasurable resource to be protected by all means.

Sustainable use

About half of the hot water distributed comes from the low-temperature areas. It is important to us that we are constantly working to make sure that water extraction from low-temperature water areas each time does not diminish the possibility of future extraction. Water extraction behaviour is monitored by measuring the water level and temperature in wells. Low- temperature in the capital are utilized steadily and everything suggests that it is possible to maintain this utilization in the foreseeable future if nothing unexpected arises. Similar measurements at those carried out in the capital are made for the low- temperature regions in the country. Results of monitoring in recent years show that the situation of most low-temperature areas that Veitur operate in South and West is generally good. However, there is a need to increase the capacity of several low-temperature areas which is currently being worked upon.

Monitor the quality

Every year, the Health Guidance office takes a sample from all of Veitur’s water supplies for microbial analysis according to drinking water regulation. In 2014, hundreds of water samples were taken.

Annually several voltage quality measurements are made to monitor that Veitur’s power distribution meet the requirements for quality voltage regulations and standards.

Sewers discharging treated wastewater from treatment plants and into the sea (receptor) from a specific distance from land. Load on a defined dilution zone and the beaches are monitored carefully and measurements are taken for contamination on the edge of the dilution area and the beach. Detailed receptor studies are carried out every few years to investigate the effects of the waste waters on the receptor and they show that the waste water has little or no effect on water quality.