Gvendarbrunnar

The first water supply in the Nordic region to receive ISO 9001 certification.

Water has neither beginning nor end in nature, it is in a constant cycle. On the surface of oceans, vegetation, humans, animals, rivers and lakes occurs an upstream of moisture. The moisture condenses in the atmosphere to form clouds. The rainwater that does not evaporate, sinks into the ground, especially where the surface is porous, such as where lava covers the surface as in Heiðmörk. Large groundwater currents are under Heiðmörk.

History. Man’s habitability has always been dependent on the availability of water. Reykjavík Water Distribution began operating in 1909 and was, at that point, the largest construction Icelanders had undertaken. In June 1909, water was let to run in the installation of Elliðaár to Reykjavík, but the next fall the pipeline from Gvendarbrunnar opened. With these projects, the inhabitants of Reykjavík were made easy access to sufficient clean water, and it wasn’t long until their water consumption multiplied. Water consumption in Reykjavík increased from 18 litres a day to more than 200 litres per day per inhabitant soon after the introduction of the water distribution.

Water gathering.  Our water reserves are in Heiðmörk. Water-gathering areas are Gvendarbrunnar, Myllulækjarsvæði and Vatnsendakriki. Experience shows that water processing in Heiðmörk is based entirely on groundwater flow under Heiðmörk, but the bulk of that water flows from Húsafellsbruni and Bláfjöll. Water flow into the wells is highly dependent on rainfall levels, snow cover in Bláfjöll in the spring and the distribution of rainfall throughout the year. Our water distribution is the largest in the country, serving around half of its population. Our area covers Reykjavík, Kópavogur, Seltjarnarnes and part of Mosfellsbær.

Water quality. Reykjavík water distribution was the first in Scandinavia to receive certification under the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is vital that people are aware how important it is to behave with respect and caution in the water extraction areas, particularly Heiðmörk. Clean drinking water so near a settlement is an immeasurable resource that has to be protected by all means. Pollution control and prevention measures are necessary to ensure our consumers with clean water in the future.

 

Gvenndarbrunnar