Swiss dams dump water due to drought, energy shortage

Despite widespread drought and hosing bans across Switzerland, dams in Switzerland are releasing tons of water, Brick reported.

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of Gibi Dam Reservoir and Dam The province of Valais has a problem that many other people in the country want. That’s too much water. The dam that holds the water in the lake is about to overflow.

The reservoir is fed by snowmelt from the Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in the Alps. Extreme heat has hit the glacier, melting more ice than dams can handle. The operator, Alpiq, said hydroelectric turbines fed by the dam have been operating at maximum levels for several weeks and cannot use excess water.

Excess water discharged is expected to reach a flow rate of 120 cubic meters per second. This is equivalent to the river Ahr flowing through the city of Bern.

The dam can hold 9.2 million m3 of water and generate around 600 GWh of electricity per year.

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