Drying up our future?

submitted by San Anton School : Emma Degabriele  for 11-14
dissemination(s): school magazine,website,school media
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Dissemination description: The article is at least disseminated on the school's facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/sanantonschool/), the school's website (http://www.sananton.edu.mt/) and the School's newsletter.
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The scarcity of water on our island has been a long term problem. The amount of groundwater which is used both for domestic and agricultural use is not adequate for our ever-growing population and has to be supplemented by water from Reverse Osmosis Plants.
One of the main problems facing groundwater resources is over-extraction from boreholes. The problem does not lie with registered boreholes that have the extraction of water controlled by meters – but with numerous illegally dug ones that extract water as if there is no tomorrow. This unsustainable action will lead to salination of water that is a death warrant for the soil and the crops that grow there. We have to act TODAY, tomorrow might be too late.

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