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Hot Water Found by West Fjords Town

The West Fjords lie outside the geothermal geothermal belt which crosses Iceland from the southwest to the northeast but now warm water has been found after drilling in Geirseyrarmúli, east of the town Patreksfjörður, as reported this week.

westfjords-spring_goFrom the West Fjords. Photo: Geir Ólafsson/Iceland Review.

“This means that we can extract water that’s at least 32°C (90°F) warm, channel it to hot water pumps and use [for heating] in Patreksfjörður,” geologist Haukur Jóhannesson, who participated in the drilling last autumn, told bb.is.

Currently, water has to be heated for such purposes, which is costly for the town’s approximately 650 inhabitants. If they can use the hot water source for heating, they can save considerable amounts of money.

Next week, Haukur and his company will drill for hot water near the neighboring Tálknafjörður.

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