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Tesla’s German Factory Will Exhaust the Area’s Water Supply

  • More development not possible without permits: water authority
  • Carmaker has scheduled a vehicle delivery event for next week
A sign designates a "water protection area" at the Tesla Gigafactory construction site in Gruenheide, Germany.

A sign designates a "water protection area" at the Tesla Gigafactory construction site in Gruenheide, Germany.

Photographer: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg

Tesla Inc. has secured water supply for its factory outside Berlin at the expense of any further development in the area, according to the local water authority.

Water reserves for the region are being completely exhausted, Wasserverband Strausberg-Erkner, said in a statement Thursday following a meeting on the Tesla project. WSE said further commercial and industrial development plans aren’t possible without additional extraction permits.