Italy: In Sardinia, farmers are raising the alarm; there is an emergency due to drought and high temperatures

Sustainability & Environmental Impact
Innovation & Technology
Published Feb 20, 2024

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Sardinia is grappling with a water crisis due to drought and rising temperatures, leading to increased water consumption for irrigation. The island's artificial reservoirs are at just 49.7% of their maximum capacity, leading to water use restrictions and difficulties for crops. The Liscia dam is at 68.7% capacity, holding 71.4 million cubic meters of water. To combat the crisis, measures are being considered to conserve water and complete the interconnection system between basins, allowing water transfer from full areas to those in crisis.
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If it's not really an emergency, we're close. Because the water crisis is also being felt in Sardinia. This is due to the drought but also to the temperatures that are rising and causing a greater consumption of water to irrigate fields and crops. The data provided by the monitoring carried out by the Basin Authority every month are not comforting: the artificial reservoirs of Sardinia's multi-sector water system contain 49.7% of the maximum capacity, i.e. 906.36 million cubic meters on a maximum volume authorized of 1,824 million cubic meters of water. A situation which, in some cases, has pushed towards restrictions, as happened in central Sardinia where on 12 January the Central Sardinia Reclamation Consortium banned the use of water for irrigation in all three of the sub-districts under its jurisdiction . A choice motivated by the fact that the stocks assigned by Enas on 1 January 2023 were now exhausted for 22 million for the Posada basin (Macheronis dam), 21 million for the ...
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