Water conservation and how we can learn from others


Water isn’t everywhere in South Africa. The growth in farming has been supported by the construction of reservoirs that are filled with winter rainfall and then used for irrigation in the summer.

We are starting to be more aware of the water that we use and that are contained in the products and used by our lifestyle. However, on a small rainy set of islands this debate can seem a little academic (especially as at the time of writing I am surrounded by flooded fields and it’s still pouring down).

South Africa and similar countries are having to confront the water issue. South Africa has legislated as in effect nationalised water. It is no longer permitted to build private dams. Hence production is water limited and increases in productivity have to be allied to better water utilisation.

Posted by Chris on 17 December 2009
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