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Poland to launch large scale water saving programme

The Polish government has approved the main outlines of a water saving programme in which funds totalling about three billion euros will be invested to double the country’s water reserves by 2027. The finalised plan is to be adopted by early 2021.

A press release from the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland states that the measures are required because Poland’s water deficit has kept growing in recent years.

According to the plan adopted,
a total of 94 projects will be implemented over the next
few years with a total budget of 10 to 14 billion zloty
(€2.3 to 3.2 billion).

The programme is primarily about reservoirs, but they also wish to promote natural and agricultural retention of groundwater. They also wish to improve the stability and quality of inland navigation. The programme is to be financed using EU funds, loans and the state and municipal budgets.

Data published by the Polish Ministry of Agriculture in the middle of August put the damage caused by drought to agricultural produce on an area of 1.8 million hectares at 1.87 billion zloty (430 million euros). The Polish government has also set up a compensation programme to assist farmers.

The water level of the Vistula River is a good indication that Poland has to deal with periods of severe drought Photo: Shutterstock

Source: MTI – Hungarian News Agency

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