Once the abusive pumping of groundwater and damming practices are stopped, we must manage our water more efficiently by keeping it in the ground.
In 1992 the government of Slovakia planned to build a large dam in order to supply drinking water for cities, destroying the natural environment and forcing the evacuation of four 700-year old villages.
Goldman Environmental Prize Winning hydrologist Dr. Michal Kravcik believed that the national water management policies were outdated and proposed the "Blue Alternative", claiming he could obtain the same amount of drinking water for approximately 20 percent of the cost of the dam, while minimizing the destructive impacts on the environment.
Kravcik enlisted local volunteers to terrace the land with small water catchments - holes, ditches, weirs - so that rainwater was caught and allowed to soak into the ground (pictured below right) and back into the aquifer.It worked!
Applied globally, the "Blue Alternative" can transform deserts into greenland and create millions of jobs in the process. Both rural and urban engineering projects can recollect rainwater in the ground, instead of wasting it into rising oceans, which has been contributing to the current climate change.
Deleted Scene from "BLUE GOLD: WORLD WATER WARS"
A global "Blue Alternative" starts in your own yard. Save your water first, then support organizations seeking to implement global projects.
Michal Kravcik's "Blue Alternative" project in Slovakia
Fix your backyard.
When you water your yard. block water from going down the street or drain or evaporating on porch puddles. Force it to collect and soak into the ground.
Read Gaila's Garden which teaches you to catch water in your landscape.
As citizens use only 10% of water (20% Industry, 70% Agriculture), some discourage personal conservation, as the water will simply be used by local industry until laws change. However, I advocate moderate personal conservation simply to build your awareness of your water use and save money.