Water covers approximately 2/3 of the
surface of the planet, yet only about 1% of the
that water is available for human consumption. We
use water for nearly everything we do, in
agriculture, industry, and most importantly for
our own direct consumption. These facts
considered, it is important that water quality be
maintained and that our sources of water be
drinking water come from in Vilnius?
In Vilnius, nearly
all the 580,000 citizens rely on deep groundwater
reserves for its supply of drinking water. This
water is extracted by waterworks at 20 well
fields around the city. (See
Map) The waterworks
provide some treatments to the water to help make
it fit for consumption.
"Vilnius Drinking Water
Resources" contains information
about various ways in which public and private water supplies obtain
water in Vilnius and information about its quality. Charts showing
the location of Vilnius well fields, facts sheets, pictures of aquifers
and much more can be found in this section.
What is drinking
water like throughout Lithuania?
Although groundwater and drinking water
conditions vary throughout Lithuania, much similarities do exist.
Further, information sharing among water quality programs and projects,
such as this, can be of benefit to other municipalities in Lithuania.
In addition to providing information to an audience outside Vilnius,
we welcome information about your projects and activities so that
the benefits of creative projects can be shared throughout Lithuania.
Water Resources" contains
information about general water quality conditions throughout Lithuania.
Fact sheets, health effects of contaminants, and information on
water quality monitoring efforts can also be found in this section.
What news and
events are taking place with respect to drinking water?
Bringing people together to discuss
water quality issues, share information, is a critical step in developing
solutions. "News & Events"
is the place to find out about conferences, meetings, and the latest
news on the drinking water quality situation. We also welcome you
to submit your conference for posting if it is related to drinking
and standards apply to drinking water?
Over the past few
years a great amount of restructuring and
adjustment has taken place at the national and
local levels with respect to the management and
regulation of drinking water. It is important
that citizens and businesses understand the laws
and regulations that govern the protection of
drinking water as well as the standards for
drinking water quality.
contains information regarding national
drinking water quality standards, regulations
governing drinking water quality, and information
on the health effects of contaminants in drinking
can I get involved in drinking water protection
as a citizen or business?
management is an important issue that reaches all
parts of the community. It is a large undertaking
that benefits from the involvement of average
citizens, civic groups, and businesses.
to Get Involved"
has information on ways in which businesses and
average citizens can help protect drinking water,
from tips on what you can do around the house to
suggestions on how small businesses can more
effectively manage their hazardous materials. It
further contains educational resources for
educators to utilize in the classroom.
can I educate myself and others?
drinking water is an important step in protecting
and improving it. As citizens of Vilnius and
Lithuania, we have a responsibility to be
interested in how our government is managing
& Fact Sheets" contains
numerous reports and fact sheets on the
groundwater and drinking water situation
throughout Lithuania. We further encourage you to
submit your projects or scholarly papers to our
web site for posting to help increase the wealth
of knowledge about Lithuanian drinking water.
is Wellhead Protection?
drinking water management is a complex
undertaking distributed over several state and
local government agencies. Check out
"Wellhead Protection" for more
information about a comprehensive, preventative
framework for protecting drinking water.
explains what the framework means for a city such
as Vilnius, how it can serve to protect drinking
water, and how everyone has a role to play.
can I contact to find out more?
shows you what government and other
agencies are involved in drinking water
protection and how you can contact them.
additional sources of information exist on the
Many other groups
and government agencies in Lithuania and abroad
are interested in protecting drinking water. "Links" provides access
to the web sites so that you can find out more
about what these groups are doing.