US-based electric car manufacturer Tesla has lost water access at its plant in Germany due to unpaid bills.
A spokeswoman for the water company, Wasserverband Strausberg-Erkner (WSE), said Tesla was repeatedly warned that it was behind on its payments.
"The 14-day notice period has expired," WSE spokeswoman Sandra Ponesky told the Associated Press. "We can't treat Tesla any differently than other customers."
Ponesky said that as soon as the company paid the amount it owed, the tap would be turned back on. She did not say how much Tesla owed.
The plant, based in Grünheide near the capital Berlin, is the company's first Gigafactory in Europe. It is still being built and the manufacturer hopes to build 500,000 electric vehicles there per year, with a workforce of 12,000 employees. Production could begin as early as next summer.
Tesla had only just recently signed the contract for water development. It was not immediately clear how or if the lack of water would affect construction at the site.
The state of Brandenburg, where the plant is located, has yet to give Tesla an environmental permit for the new plant. The construction work thus far has taken place with preliminary permits for individual construction stages.
Local residents and environmentalists have expressed concerns that the drinking water around the factory would be contaminated, and a nearby nature reserve would be greatly affected.
kbd/nm (AP, dpa)