Low Water Levels Limit River Navigation

By 15 August 2022
Low Water Levels Limit River Navigation

ZAGREB, 15 August, 2022 - The general director of the Hrvatske Vode water management company, Zoran Đuroković, has warned about river navigation restrictions due to a long drought that has brought water levels close to historical minimums.

Low water levels impact river navigation, groundwater tributaries, and fish stocks, but there are no major problems for now, he told RTL television on Sunday.

River water levels across Croatia are extremely low, but mostly some 40 cm above record minimums.

The level of the Sava in Zagreb is -298 cm, 40 cm above the historical minimum recorded in 1993 (-338 cm).

The situation is similar with the Danube and the Kupa, but the situation is most serious in Osijek, where the Drava is a mere 15 cm above the record minimum level, Đuroković said.

One should add to that the increase in river temperatures, but the situation in Croatia "is good in relation to other parts of Europe, he added.

Đuroković does not expect something alarming to happen in Croatia due to the low river water levels despite forecasts of new heat waves with minimum precipitations.

"We can expect to come close to historically minimum levels, but the damage in Croatia will be minimal. We don't use large quantities of water for irrigation, which would additionally burden rivers, as it is with the river Po in Italy," he said.