The local German utility said recently that local water resources can only support the existing scale of operation at Tesla’s Gigafactory in Berlin. However, any other local development will pose a risk of water depletion. In other words, Tesla’s Berlin factory will deplete existing local water supply.
Wasserverband Strausberg-Erkner (WSE), a water company in the German state of Brandenburg, issued a statement after a meeting with the Tesla project, saying that local water supplies begin to dry up. Due to insufficient groundwater extraction, further planning for commercial and industrial development in the area is impossible without additional extraction permits, the WSE said.
Tesla’s Gigafactory in Berlin is about to start production of its Y-model Electric car, months later than expected by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The main reason for this is the fear that Tesla’s factory in Berlin is putting pressure on the local water supply. Brandenburg’s Economics Minister Joerg Steinbach said in an interview… “The current water supply is sufficient for the first phase of the plant. However, once Tesla expands the plant, we will need more water resources.
Tesla factory in Berlin ready to start production
Earlier this month, Tesla’s Gigafactory in Berlin passed final approval and is expected to receive an operating license within weeks. The company sent invitations to an event at the Gigafactory in Berlin on March 22.
Production at the Brandenburg plant is very vital to Tesla’s global expansion plans. At present, the company urgently needs to establish a manufacturing base in Europe. The electric car market in Europe is growing. Thus, he needs a base in this region to meet the needs. Companies like Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and Stellantis NV have expanded their own electric car production line. Thus, the American manufacturer cannot afford to be late in its expansion plans.
Axel Bronstert, professor of hydrology at the University of Potsdam, said that Tesla factory will approximately double water consumption in the Gruenheide region of Brandenburg. He claims that is enough and the idea of meeting the needs of factories and residents is naïve.
However, Tesla has a contract with the local government. The contract stipulates that Tesla’s Greenhead factory will receive 1.4 million cubic meters of water per year. That’s enough to meet the water needs of a city of about 40,000 people. This includes the construction of a sewage treatment plant, to ensure an adequate water supply. The local government recognizes that such a large engineering project could take years.