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More than half of drinking water sources in Denmark are contaminated, report finds

  • More than half of drinking water sources in Denmark are contaminated, report finds
  • The findings are derived from a drinking water report submitted by Danske Regioner to Environment Minister Magnus Heunicke.

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A new drinking water report commissioned by Denmark’s Danske Regioner (Danish Regions), the interest organization for the country’s five regions, has found that over fifty percent of drinking water boreholes in Denmark contains residues of pesticides or other pollutants, with one in every ten boreholes exceeding threshold levels of contamination.

“The contamination of Danish drinking water has reached a critical point. If we want clean drinking water for our children, something must be done now”, warns Danske Regioner, in a press release.

The findings are derived from a drinking water report submitted by Danske Regioner to Environment Minister Magnus Heunicke.

“Today, more than every second drinking water well in Denmark is contaminated with pesticide residues and other toxins,” read the statement.

The report shows that over fifty percent of drinking water boreholes in Denmark contains residues of pesticides or other pollutants

In certain areas, the problem is exacerbated by an imbalance between water consumption and the rate of flow from the boreholes, as highlighted by Danske Regioner. The report also indicates that groundwater resources are being excessively utilized in one-fifth of the country.

"We have reached a point where something must be done right now if there is to be clean groundwater and drinking water for future generations - and for ourselves," stated Mads Duedahl, Vice Chairman of Danske Regioner.

Duedahl suggested that this trend could be linked to elevated industrial water usage and prolonged drought periods resulting from climate change, leading to increased water usage in agriculture.

The supreme authority of Danish Regions has urged for heightened attention and allocation of resources towards Denmark's water resources to counteract this trend.

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