Sunday, October 11, 2009

Too Much Water


No one seems to actually know what's going on near the Mariouteya canal, but fields, roads and gardens are being flooded by overflow from the irrigation canal. I've seen houses where the agricultural water is lapping at the front door. Here in the fields you can look at what seems to be a pond and then realise that some poor farmer isn't able to raise the food that he needs to be planting for his family or his animals. And the damage isn't just done while the water is standing. Afterwards higher levels of salt affect the land, while the water has killed all the plants right down to the roots.

5 comments:

brattcat said...

This is very troubling. Is the water very saline in the canal?

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani said...

With the evaporation, salinity is an issue as is the natural levels of phosphates and nitrates. When you have too much water, you get too much of everything.

American_in_Cairo said...

Wow, thanks for posting this - I didn't know this was a problem. We need more talk about this in Egypt and less about the swine flu.

Steffe said...

Troubling indeed.

Montag said...

Somethings never change. It seems I've read about the same problem everywhere and at every time.

Keep us poster, please. Our water husbandry is very important, and an indicator of how societies are doing.