Spring water

    Drinking water from Buchbrunnen spring

    Back in 1929, the Landeswasserversorgung purchased a large karst spring, Buchbrunnen spring, in the Egau valley near Dischingen in the east of Swabian Alb. The bulk ratio of Buchbrunnen spring is very balanced. This is extremely favourable for use of the spring for the drinking water supply. Firstly, it guarantees the required minimum extraction quantity required for a reliable drinking water supply at all times. In addition, the changes in quality of the karst groundwater move within very narrow limits. Only after prolonged heavy rain and during snow melting does mineral turbidity occur in the spring water.

    In 1952, the Landeswasserversorgung decided to use Buchbrunnen spring for the public drinking water supply. Egau waterworks became operational in 1957.

    Facts and figures

    Buchbrunnen spring

    800

    Litres per second, maximum extraction rights (depending on water flow from the Egau)

    914Litres per second, average spring discharge
    13,4million cubic metres, water extraction

    Idyllically located –
    On the Egau creek near
    Dischingen, the Landeswasserversorgung waterworks
    lies at the impressive
    spring head of
    Buchbrunnen spring.

    Bildbeschreibung: Aufbruch der Buchbrunnenquelle im Egauwasserwerk und das Fassungsbauwerk. Das Bild ist ausgeleuchtet, so dass die Klarheit des Karstquellwassers und sein grünlich-blauer Schimmer erkennbar werden.