Water Supply

100 Years Old and Still Indispensable

The Second Vienna Mountain Spring Pipeline, in operation since 2nd December 1910, is still one of the cornerstones of the city’s unique water supply system

The Austrian capital is one of only few major cities worldwide whose population enjoys the luxury of deriving its excellent drinking water from mountain springs. The key to this success story are the two Mountain Spring Pipelines (MSP), which carry the water from the borderlands between Lower Austria and Styria to Vienna over a distance of 150 and 180 kilometres, respectively.

The founders of the two water supply lines, which were built in the later years of the Austrian Monarchy, not only proved to be visionaries. They also created a unique cultural heritage, the construction of which would not be possible today due to cost and legal constraints. In constructing this water supply system, the builders borrowed from proven techniques dating back to Roman times.

(Source: aqua press Int. 4/2010, Mag. Christof Hahn)

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