The Lahn-Dill district in Hesse is reacting to the rising energy prices: the schools and gyms in the district are no longer getting hot water – at least for the time being.

If you want to wash your hands in schools in the Lahn-Dill district in Hesse over the next few months, you don’t need to count on warm water. The district has turned off the hot water in all schools and gyms in order to reduce energy costs. The heating and hot water treatment systems are switched off.

According to calculations by the school building authority, this could save around 100,000 euros in the summer months. “It is a temporary savings measure that is proportionate and reasonable given the current situation,” said District Administrator Wolfgang Schuster on the municipality’s website. Initially, warm water should no longer come out of taps and shower heads until September 18th.

Hessian Lahn-Dill district wants to set an example against price increases

“The showers in the gymnasiums are hardly used by schoolchildren. It’s more the club athletes who regularly use the shower facilities. We ask for your understanding here,” says Deputy District Administrator and district school building department head Roland Esch. In the schools, the hot water will only be used to a limited extent in the coming months anyway because of the summer holidays. In Hesse, the summer holidays are between July 25th and September 2nd this year.

According to a press release, the Lahn-Dill district, which has its administrative headquarters in Wetzlar, wants to set an example with this unusual measure: “They want to make it clear that the blatant price increases in the energy sector are hardly sustainable”. “This year we can still benefit from the existing framework agreements because they were concluded with fixed prices. The immense price increases will be noticeable in 2023,” warns Roland Esch.

Source: Lahn-Dill district press release

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