Spain is a country very rich in plant and animal biodiversity, but there is a problem that plagues the country every summer: The lack of rain. This lack of rain causes generalized decrease of the level of water in the reservoirs all over the country. It’s expected that this year the Spanish reservoirs will have to face the summer with the lowest level of water since 1995. At the beginning of June, the Spanish reservoirs were at 56.5% of their capacity. The level is 10 points lower than the average of the last 10 years and 15 less than the last five years.
Level of water in the reservoirs of Spain
Percentage of water storage in the marshes of the two slopes and in the total of the country in the first week of April between 2014 and 2017
Source: Ministerio de Agricultura y Pesca, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente
Such low levels of water are a severe blow to agriculture. This sector in Spain, uses 77% of the total water in Spain, which generates an excessive pressure on the water resources. For the summer 2017 irrigation restrictions have already been.
Spanish agriculture has to evolve under the framework of the future reform of the Common Agricultural Policy 2014-2020, which aims to promote viable food production. This reform promotes a balanced territorial development where there is sustainable management of natural resources and action by the climate.
Alternative solutions for planting without irrigation
Currently Spanish farmers will not receive a single aid to alleviate the effects of drought. So it’s time for farmers to look for new planting alternatives. In order words, look for other efficient forms to traditional irrigation that require a smaller amount of water. Systems such as the Waterboxx, lead to a 90% saving in water consumption, which could solve many of the problems that the agriculture sector of our country have. Planting without irrigation systems is possible with the waterboxx
In most locations ground water can be found at a depth of 3 or more meters. The problem for a plant in dryand eroded areas is that the first 3 meters of top soil are dry. After planting in these dry areas the plant often hasn’t got enough time to extend its roots deep enough to find the ground water.
The plant subsequently dries out and dies. The Groasis Ecological Water Saving Technology helps the plant to grow its roots 3 or more metres deep in the first year without irrigation system. Once the plant reaches this depth, it is able to grow independently and will not die anymore.
The Groasis Ecological Water Saving Technology is inexpensive for planting trees, compared with drip irrigation. With drip irrigation there are eternal costs for energy and maintenance. Pumps and tubes need to be replaced every 5 years. Besides that water is scarce and we better use it as drinking water. The Groasis Ecological Water Saving Technology uses no pumps, tubes or energy, and very little water.