Stoves dissapear, hot water remains

Many appartment houses in Kraków still use gas stoves to heat water. Photo: Wikimedia/Zygmunt Put

Nearly 4,300 gas heating stoves will be removed from housing co-operative flats in Krakow as a part of “Hot water without a stove” programme.

Life for several thousand people in Kraków is about to change for the better. Gas stoves will be removed and hot water will be supplied from the district heating system. On Tuesday Ugorek housing co-operative, Municipal Heat Supply Company (MPEC) and PGE Heat Energy signed an agreement to make it happen. It is a part of the “Hot water without a stove” programme.

“We are very happy. This is the 17th housing co-operative in our district system that has decided to get rid of gas stoves that are dangerous to health and life, and supply hot water in a more convenient way,” said Marian Łyko, MPEC Kraków CEO.

If everything goes well, in the next few years 4,255 of old gas stoves will be removed from all 60 buildings owned by the Ugorek housing co-operative. This means more comfortable and safer living conditions for about 7,500 of people, because it eliminates the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from malfunctioning stoves.

“Co-operatives participating in this programme are receiving financial support from the electrical power and heating plant to install central heating systems connected to the district network,” reassured Mariusz Michałek, PGE Heat Energy director.

The “Hot water without a stove” programme was first introduced in Kraków in 2004 by Municipal Heat Supply Company, PGE Heat Energy electrical power and heating plant and CEZ power plant. Since then 35 thousand gas stoves were removed from 811 buildings.