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More sand & more dust through the business of freshwater and soil exploitation.


“Thought World of Water might like to read this and comment. It was unusual to find a watery story under a heading including the words ‘SAND AND DUST STORMS’ “. (John C. Jones)


Thank again John for spotting this news and sure, I think World of Water needs to make a comment on this – one of our SPLASHBACK specials.

It’s a very watery issue.

Many farmers pump our lakes and rivers dry for irrigation and now many are pumping out our deep ancient aquifers too.  These farmers see their business as feeding the World’s growing population at any cost to the Earth.  Thankfully, many other farmers culture their soils and  use their slice of the water cycle very wisely.

As the World’s population grows, it needs feeding and watering more but food production itself needs feeding and needs water. As water is finite, over time our population growth will level out. We’re not there yet. There could be even tougher times ahead. More drought. More flooding. More dust. More starvation.

All around us we are putting ever greater pressures on available wild foods and those business farmers are sucking the goodness out of our soils and yes, the waters out of their natural locations. I know it’s heading us on track into a big concrete wall. I think we will hit it hard but I also hope the problem we are causing wakes us up before we hit the wall. It’s a complex but natural World of Water we live on and we allow sectors of one species to simply splash around without due care.

We need to keep this planet afloat. We’re all in this same boat. There’s a hard pressing need to culture the care and understanding required to keep us sailing.

What do we do? We continue to share wise ways through education. We drum home the difference between needs and desires so we fulfil our needs first.  We research better ways to balance our needs with the systems which feed us all.

We proceed with a unified care
for the one planet we share.

I shall tweet this @Worldof_Water straight away.

Thank again John for spotting this waterful tale of reality.


See also:
Article about Aral sea in New York Times by
As a Sea Rises, So Do Hopes ….

I don’t want a lot of comments from farmers who are chasing their tails trying to keep up with the food demands of a growing World population – you’ve got enough on your hands. We are open to comments on ways to educate and research.  You can either email us (see image below) or get in touch with us via our field centre contact page



If you are a farmer and you want to use your slice of the water cycle more efficiently, we would love to start a convo. with you and work with you to this end.  We only publish comments after asking if we may. Please tell us if you want your comment to remain private and we won’t ask to publish or share. Our comments page is open to all but for any person to look at it, you’ll need to type 065 at the beginning of your comment to show us you’re for real. Thanks.

All best
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The Sun it baked MY
land today; MY
water rose –
to clouds, away.

MY stream is dry,
MY soil now sand,
MY profits gone! Oy!
God give a hand.




Mon, 15 May 2006, 11:24 – John C. Jones


Hello Everybody.

In the May 13th edition of the U.K. newspaper “The Guardian”, there was a very interesting article on illegal sales of WATER IN SPAIN. According to that article, a huge “black market” has developed and 500,000 illegal boreholes are in operation, owing to the scarcity of water in that country. This increase in the demand for water is believed to be a result of rapid expansion in the AGRICULTURAL and TOURIST industries.


Best Wishes.

The one and only J.

Sun, 21 May 2006, 20:02 – RE: May 13t
Comment by Grant

Soooooooooo …. who’s shouting ” VIVA ESPANA ” today?

The Spanish are ‘pumping up the volume’ are they (?) – nothing new there then – it is probably the Mediterranean ‘Hot Head’ Climate or maybe, sadly, they are just ‘humans’ out for all they can get?

But whilst ‘money-money-money’ from tourism distracts the Spanish Government, they are certainly neglecting the ‘big picture’. The question is : Is this accidental neglect … is it wanton neglect of their own laws? Are their law keepers on a 24/7/365 siesta? (It IS ‘one’ question … not 3)

Hmmmmmmmm …. the mystery deepens as the water wells become shallower.

…. I’ve hear the tale before. Remember in India, a certain Worldwide Company (Called “X” for the sake of détente and share price fluctuations) dug very deep boreholes to get water. These pumping activities lowered Aquifer levels so much that loads of nearby villages could no longer get water from their wells unless they deepened them to compete with the depth of “Company X’s” wells.

As the dry lipped villagers looked on in astonishment, I hear that the fizzy drink vendors entered the villages to SELL their ‘own’ water back to them in a rather familiar, sweet form that could or could not have been slightly brown in colouration.

Reality Check:
We’re taking about a ‘fight’ for water here. We’re talking about a ‘smash and grab’ policy where the environment is smashed for the ever-hungry stomach of the human bank account.

What’s Next?
Will some Company or Foreign Government start sending up cloud-catchers to tow YOUR rain clouds AWAY from YOUR vegetable plots. Are YOU willing to allow this to happen?

Well World, by the time it is YOUR lips that are cracking and paining for want of a drop of water ….. when it is YOUR vegetables that you cannot afford to water because of the high price and demand for that water, remember the wonderful time you had on holiday on that Spanish Golf course drinking Cola on the rocks beside the pool.

LIVING “Costs the Earth”.

If the price you pay is worth it to you ….

If the cost is too high, campaign to stop the rot NOW before the rot steps in.

There are many ways to balance the books but there’s only one way to keep the Earth in ‘balance’ – we need to care for it as a ‘whole’.

World Clean Water Campaigner


After reading THAT ….. I bet you are now on the lookout for somebody ‘removing’ all the clouds from above you. You don’t believe anyone would go to the length of robbing you and your land of water destined to come your way? Do you notice those taking water from under your nose /feet?

If it slips away and leaves you dry though …… you’ll FEEL it.

Aquifers help BALANCE,

Protect them TODAY

World Clean Water Campaigner


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