Geografie 1997, 102, 42-49

Drinking Water Reservoirs in the Moravskoslezské Beskydy Mountains: Possible Restrictions on Use

Ladislav Buzek

Katedra fyzické geografie a geoekologie, Přírodovědecká fakulta Ostravské univerzity, Bráfova 7, 701 03 Ostrava, Czechia

As much as 80 % of drinking water for Ostrava Metropolitan Area comes from surface sources. Lack of water occurred in the post-war years when industrialization was in progress and the drinking water quality deteriorated significantly. As a result, two drinking water reservoirs have been constructed in the central part of Moravskoslezské Beskydy Mts.: Šance Reservoir on the upper course of Ostravice and Morávka Reservoir on the river of same name. Both are situated in a mountainous terrain amidst deep forests. At present, however, reservoirs are threatened by siltation due to increased soil erosion.