Roelof Kruize.: Wake up and face the drought in the Netherlands
十年前很少有人在荷兰lieved that we should have to deal with a situation of drought. And yet, in the last three summers (2018-2020) we have seen drought right up there on our national agenda. Daily drinking water consumption is sometimes 150 per cent of the normal consumption.
Scientists will explain that global warming is behind drought in the Eastern Netherlands, with astudyby meteorological institute KNMI and Utrecht University supporting this view.
Water restrictions are not enough
So how do we address the issue? Water restrictions have been discussed for the first time in our history. Customers have understood the message to be careful with water consumption.
I really believe that we have to change this system. Of course, the changes would mean the necessity of a delta plan, because this has a big influence on our water infrastructure in the Netherlands.
当然,这将意味着反对siderable investment, something that is necessary to ensure a robust and future-proof water system in the Netherlands in the time to come.
Learning from other countries
I really believe that we need to work to create awareness that we have to change our water infrastructure and to invest for the future. We can learn from other countries which have a longer tradition of drought management. Maybe we can even consider the use of brackish water for drinking water production in the western part of our country.
"We can learn from other countries which have a longer tradition of drought management."
This is such a big problem we face now. The droughts that very few saw coming a decade ago, mean restrictions and rules will not be enough.
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