World · August 4, 2022

Netherlands declares water shortage | The citizen



The Netherlands declared an official water shortage on Wednesday as the low “land of water” was hit by the sweltering European summer.

The Dutch government said it was considering further measures to conserve water in a drought and that the authorities have already imposed limits on agriculture and shipping.

The country is protected from the sea by a famous system of dikes, dikes and canals but remains particularly vulnerable to climate change.

“The Netherlands is a land of water, but our water is also precious here,” said Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management Mark Harbers in a statement.

Parts of the Netherlands have already banned farmers from spraying their crops with surface water, a blow to the world’s second largest agricultural exporter after the United States.

Some waterway locks have also been suspended, with salt water from the sea creeping into some rivers as their water levels are so low, Harbers added.

Priority would now be given to ensuring vital levees remain safe and therefore safe drinking water and energy supplies, he said.