On 24 August 2017 the Water Resources Institute published a piece on their website looking at “7 Reasons We’re Facing a Global Water Crisis” in a piece written by Leah Schleifer. With credit to them, I try here to relate those lessons to British farming and maybe farming elsewhere in developed counties that do not really think water may be a significant economic problem sooner rather than later.
Reason 4. Water infrastructure is under pressure.
It is certainly true that water companies in the UK are spending £billions to reduce leakage. However, the Victorians where good at building reservoirs and we, now, are not.
Conservation farming action;
- Build traditional, on farm, reservoirs if there is a stream. (Old tyres can be used to bind clay in a dam. (See link below.).)
- Clean gutters and harvest water.
- Build top-soil reservoirs using composted waste. (See https://www.amazon.co.uk/Survival-Sustainable-Energy-Wastes-Shale/dp/1523264217 )
Bill Butterworth, Land Research Ltd., September 17