Due to the persistent drought, it is not allowed to spray with surface water on the Veluwe and the Utrechtse Heuvelrug for the time being. The measure applies from next Monday, the Water Board Vallei en Veluwe reports Friday.
The water board says it will see an increase in the precipitation deficit early in the season. In some places, the situation is even “worrying”, especially in the low areas, because groundwater is already lower there than exactly a year ago.
There is talk of a “particularly dry spring” after a wet winter, causing a significant rainfall shortage. The national deficit is projected to rise from more than 93 millimeters to more than 110 millimeters in the coming weeks.
The water board hopes that the ban will prevent as many problems as possible. If surface waters dry up and the groundwater level drops, this can lead to a deterioration of the water quality, dead fish and damage to nature.
The water board also hopes to maintain the groundwater level for as long as possible. Too low a position can cause damage to homes and other buildings. It is currently unknown until when the ban will apply. The withdrawal ban has been imposed indefinitely.
The ban will apply to ditches, streams and canals where no supply of water from the Nederrijn, IJssel and Randmeren is possible. “The ban therefore applies in particular to the Veluwe and the Utrechtse Heuvelrug and all its flanks,” said the water board.