Spain is named worst country for wasting water
16 August 2006, MADRID — Spain's management of its dwindling water resources is the worst among developed countries, a World Wildlife Fund report released on Wednesday said.
16 August 2006
MADRID — Spain's management of its dwindling water resources is the worst among developed countries, a World Wildlife Fund report released on Wednesday said.
Guido Schmidt, head of the WWF water report, said Spain is the "most extreme case" of bad water management among developed countries.
He said Britain, the US, Japan and Australia were also guilty of bad management of water supplies.
The report, called Rich Countries, Poor Water, was released on the eve of World Water Week from 20-26 August.
It says the lack of water in the world is not confined to poor nations, but to the developed world too.
It points to leaks in old water systems as well as the rising number of tourists on the Mediterranean coasts who place a huge pressure on limited supplies.
The relentless building of golf courses, housing urbanizations and high intensity farming in some of the driest areas of Spain's coast stretch resources to their limits.
The WWF calls on rich countries to show a better example to the developing world by updating antiquated water systems.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news