With a view to the water supply in the region around its plant, the car manufacturer Tesla wants to look for groundwater supplies itself. It is about pumping tests in order to improve the data situation and to be able to make water management decisions on this basis, the company said on Wednesday about the initiative. According to Tesla, it does not want to pump water independently. That is not the goal and legally not even possible.

In principle, the company is aware that the topic of future water availability is very important to the region, it said. It was therefore considered how municipalities and water associations could be supported in this regard in order to improve the existing outdated database from the 1970s. The magazine “Stern” and RTL had previously reported that Tesla was looking for water for its car factory itself.The daily mirror app The latest news, background information and analyzes straight to your smartphone. Plus the digital newspaper. Download here for free.

According to Tesla, hydrogeologists were called in to search for groundwater reserves. Pumping tests are to be undertaken with the approval of the water authorities in areas of the Fürstenwalder water association. The association confirmed this on request. Tesla will bear the costs for this, it is a seven-digit amount, according to the carmaker.

“Does not change the region’s water shortage”

According to its own statements, the company currently still lacks the water law permit for the pumping tests. We are in the process of preparing for the application.

The Wassertafel Berlin-Brandenburg criticized the plans. The citizens’ initiative sees the planned search as an excuse to cover the additional water requirements for the next expansion stage. The local Strausberg-Erkner water association had contractually promised Tesla water only for the first expansion stage. The contract provides for the delivery of 1.8 million cubic meters per year to the carmaker.E-car premium bottleneck The state subsidy at the end of the year is in jeopardy “A Race Against Time” How a Brandenburg market leader is arming itself against a gas shortage Twitter, Ukraine war, G20 summit How much power does Elon Musk really have?

“Tesla is now looking for a remedy and is offering to help find water. If this help is successful and the car manufacturer’s additional needs are covered in this way, it will not change the region’s lack of water,” said Heidemarie Schröder from the water table. She warned against attempts to disregard the existing water shortage and thus endanger the quantity and quality of drinking water as a resource.

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