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Can we save 25% of the water we use?


The first stage of the Water Saving study is now complete: total water consumption and water supply on the eight islands Tilos and Ithaca (Greece), Vis and Lastovo (Croatia), Sein and Houat (France), Cape Clear and Inis Oírr (Ireland) have been mapped, in detail. Now Mayors and Water Officers take next step, gathering for a challenge meeting on island Vis, September 22-24.

The challenge is: can we save 25% of the water we use? Is it possible to achieve such savings through a balanced blend of actions including information, household technologies, industrial technologies, governance and pricing?

If so, these islands will save 180 million liters of fresh water. If one hundred islands join the challenge, 18 billion liters of water will be saved. If we can extend this knowledge to all of Europe’s 2,400 islands and coastal communities, the saving on one of nature’s most precious assets is almost unimaginable.

The project’s sponsor, EU Parliamentary, former Foreign Minister of Croatia, Tonino Picula, is hopeful:

The field reports from the eight islands can be found here


Baltic Sea gets fresh Atlantic water


Between December 13 and 26, a combination of weather systems, which first pushed water out of the Baltic, then pushed 250 km³ of fresh, salty water from the North Sea into the Baltic Sea.
The Baltic Sea is a shallow, brackish sea with areas on the sea floor with so little oxygen that living organisms have a hard time surviving. This oxygen-rich inflow of water will have great impact on the eco-system all the way up to where I live on Kökar. The Baltic brood of small but numerous ESIN islands say thank you to our big, salty Atlantic kin.