German utility restores water supply to Tesla after stoppage

A street sign reading "Tesla Street 1" in German at the construction site of the Tesla factory near Berlin.
A street sign reading “Tesla Street 1” in German at the construction site of the Tesla Gigafactory in Gruenheide, near Berlin.
(Michael Sohn / Associated Press)

A German utility said Friday it is restoring water supply to the construction site of a Tesla factory near Berlin, a day after it was cut off because of an unpaid bill.

“The payment has arrived and our colleagues are on their way” to turn the taps back on, Sandra Ponesky, a spokeswoman for utility company WSE, told news agency dpa.

On Thursday, WSE said it had shut down the pipes after repeated warnings, and that a 14-day notice period had expired.


Tesla is building its first European factory outside the German capital and aims to eventually build 500,000 electric vehicles a year there.

Work at the site in Gruenheide, southeast of Berlin, has been taking place at breakneck speed.