Initially, representatives from Berlin, Brandenburg, Saxony and the federal government will meet for consultations on 22 October 2018, but a decision is not expected until the beginning of November, said Derk Ehlert from the Berlin environmental administration on Friday. So far, feeds from reservoirs and dams in Brandenburg and Saxony have helped to keep the water level constant.
No threat to drinking water supply
After months of drought, the water supply is already so low that the flow direction of the Spree has partially reversed: "The Spree is bobbing backwards," said Ehlert. In some places, it is no longer possible to speak of a flowing body of water. At least until the end of the month, the water reserves should still be sufficient, but then there is the threat of closing the locks, as became known in the previous week. Shipping would then have to be discontinued. The drinking water supply is not endangered.
No rain in sight yet
Extensive rainfalls, which would be necessary to relax the situation, are not expected in the next days: The German Weather Service (DWD) forecasts only sporadic or temporary rainfall. However, falling temperatures mean that less Spree water evaporates.