Friday, 27 May 2011

Water stress can be tackled with existing solutions

Increasing the efficiency of water use and distribution is one of the most effective approaches to combating water stress. Drip irrigation is an example of a technological solution that saves water for crops by dripping water slowly to the roots of plants through a network of small pipes. Where traditional canal infrastructure is in place, water losses can be significantly reduced by lining the drain-ways with an impermeable barrier. Various programmes for managing the operation and use of underground water supplies have also proven to function in highly arid environments such as Mauritania.

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