Director Guïljo van Nuland of the drinking water company Brabant Water asks Brabant farmers to stop irrigating crops during the day. He made that appeal in the program on Tuesday Speech makers. According to him, evaporation during the day “wastes so much” water that it is a shame to irrigate crops during the day.
“I appeal to ZLTO (Southern Agriculture and Horticulture Organization, ed.): Deal more consciously with the shallow groundwater”, says Van Nuland. “Not everything is always possible.”
Van Nuland understands that crops must be irrigated, but advocates doing this at night, so that as much water as possible can be absorbed by the plants.
According to the director of the Brabant drinking water company, the balance between the various water sources will eventually be endangered if the water consumption of farmers, industry and households does not change.
“If we are not in any way more conscious about water and the demand continues to grow, then there will come a point when we demand too much from the system from which we make drinking water. In Brabant that is groundwater and in that sense it is relevant how many farmers during the day. irrigation ”, says Van Nuland.
“The balance is under pressure,” he warns. “As a drinking water company, we can contribute to a water system that is more balanced, but we cannot do it alone. We have to do it together with farmers and industry.”
It has long been a call to use drinking water sparingly
Several drinking water companies have been calling on the Dutch for a number of years to use drinking water more consciously during warm periods.
The advice is not to water gardens, wash cars and fill swimming pools during the hot days. If the demand becomes too great, the water pressure may drop at some point.
Van Nuland says in Speech makers that he notices that the awareness of being more careful with drinking water is “slowly but surely getting through” to citizens. “The sales are higher than normal, but the peaks are not as high as predicted on the basis of historical data. It works, but there is room for improvement.”