Tuesday, May 22, 2007

overdevelopment & water supply

An interesting article in the Guardian this morning discusses tourism and the problems attached to unsustained development. We are one of the most water deficit countries in the world. Most homes only get water supplied on one day a week and in the summer this is only pumped weakly and does not get to the tanks on the roofs. T

'What of the destinations? Surely they bear significant responsibility for the plight they find themselves in? A cocktail of political ineptitude and developer greed seems to have been served up at far too many tourist resorts across the world, leading to mistakes being repeated time and again. Many places - from Cancun to Costa Blanca, Thailand to Ibiza - say that water supply has become one of their biggest concerns now that they rely so heavily on tourism. And the cause is always the same: unplanned, rapid overdevelopment.'
The Guardian May 22, 2007


Blogger UmmFarouq said...

We suffer with this water issue. We decided to have a little "piece of back home" in the form of a yard. We have grass. It's a tiny plot of grass by Western standards, but it needs at least one meter of water per week. Last summer the grass was the source of many a skirmish between husband and self.

Needless to say, I think we're going to tile over some of the grass and make a larger outdoor sitting area. As it stands, no one in my family showers daily. Sometimes my kids are able to bathe twice a week, as icky as that may sound.

I really hope this situation changes soon.

Saturday, May 26, 2007  

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