Large parts of the capital area will be without hot water for 30 hours in the coming week due to construction work being undertaken by utility company Veitur. RÚV reports that the service suspension will affect roughly 50,000 residents.
Veitur PR rep Ólöf Snæhólm Baldursdóttir said that hot water service will be suspended in order to make infrastructural changes: new neighbourhood developments need to receive their hot water from power plants rather than boreholes in Mosfellsbær and Reykjavík in order to reduce strain on the latter.
Hot water will be shut off starting at 2 am on Tuesday morning until 9 am on Wednesday morning.
The shutdown will affect the following areas:
- All of the town of Hafnarfjörður
- In Garðabær, the neighbourhood of Urriðaholt, the Kauptún shopping plaza, as well as the streets of Suðurhraun, Austurhraun, Norðurhraun, and Miðhraun, Holtsbúð, and all streets whose names end in -lundur
- In Kópavogur, the outage will affect most of neighbourhoods Lindahverfi and Salahverfi; in Vatnsendi, it will affect streets that end in -kór, -þing, and -hvarf
- In Reykjavík, the outage will impact the neighbourhood of Norðlingaholt
Ólöf said that business and service entities such as nursing homes, pools, hair salons, and food producers were informed several weeks ago of the coming shutdown. She advises that people in need of a shower turn to local pools and gyms in areas where the hot water supply is still in working order.