Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Water crisiscan be avoided

Letters

It was useful to read your article on the needs in certain countries for improved engineering works to conserve water (NCE last week). As a tropical agriculturist, I felt however insufficient emphasis was given to the growing efficiency in the demand side of the water equation.

Israel's farmers get some 60% of their water needs from the recycling of wastewater. There is also significant use of 'grey water' systems for urban and industrial uses, together with aquifer recharge.

By balancing both supply and demand, stabilising river basin management and user volumes will curb the rather emotive talk of water wars. Effective legislation, practical teaching at all user levels and high class engineering will all play a part in reducing this growing source of political tension in arid lands.

Richard I Smith Summersbury, Chichester Road, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9PS

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.