Category Archives: Irrigation

EESC opinion A Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources

The European Economic and Social Committee has released its opinion on the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions – A Blueprint to Safeguard Europe’s Water Resources.
The section voted on 12 June and the plenary has just taken place.

On irrigation it calls for the identification of illegal abstraction of water because”In many parts of Europe over-abstraction for irrigation makes it impossible to achieve good water status. Illegal abstraction is a serious problem in some water-stressed regions. ” It calls for coordination between water policy and CAP in particular ” Funding in CAP pillar 2 for improved efficient irrigation systems (with environmental conditionality attached, e.g. metering)”.

The EESC notes that  a few studies on efficient use of water have been published under the concept of “more crop per drop.” The findings of these works could be used for bridging the needs of agriculture and available water resources in water-stressed regions. Again, the proportionality principle should be applied in tackling such sensitive issues, the EESC underlines.

Water efficiency: according to EESC , filling gaps in the existing framework focuses rightly on enhancing water use efficiency, however (Water Management)  the EESC is concerned to note that the Commission is not proposing enough innovative measures to improve the effectiveness of water management. Demand is expected to outstrip supply by up to 40% by 2030, which means that shortages will affect the majority of Member States.

See NAT/593

Spain: EUR 350 million for water facilities in Mediterranean basin

I am here reproducing a press release issued by the European investment bank about the loan they have granted to a Spanish organisation. The loan will finance investment in water and sanitation improvements. It describes all the improvements that can be brought by the engineering industries.  



Luxembourg, 14 June 2012

Spain: EUR 350 million for water facilities in Mediterranean basin

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has a granted a EUR 350 million loan to Acuamed to finance investment in water and sanitation improvements on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. This is the first instalment of a total loan of up to EUR 500 million. The loan agreement was signed in Madrid today by the Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Environment, Miguel Angel Cañete, and EIB Vice-President Magdalena Álvarez Arza. This EIB loan will be used to finance to investment in the water supply, wastewater treatment and environmental protection in Spain’s five Mediterranean river basins (Ebro, Júcar, Segura, Andalusian Mediterranean and internal Catalonian basins). The planned schemes are scheduled to run up to the end of 2015 and comprise:

  • Interconnections between treatment plants and water mains.
  • Connections between desalination plants and water distribution networks.
  • Environmental recovery and flood prevention.
  • Reuse of wastewater.
  • Improving the efficiency of irrigation.

As well as helping to meet the growing demand for water for domestic and industrial use and enabling the reuse of wastewater on the Mediterranean coast, this loan will bring major environmental benefits by improving water supply systems, rehabilitating irrigation networks and developing desalination plants and new water treatment facilities. The project will also foster economic and social cohesion as part of the investments financed are located in convergence regions.

EIB loans are designed to meet clearly defined EU policies. As EU objectives, environmental improvement (an important area of which is the water sector) and economic and social cohesion are both top priorities for the Bank.

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Toro and irrigation – Film shown at Green Week 2012

The aim of the Platform is to increase the awareness about solutions for the water challenges. One of these challenges is water scarcity. Smart irrigation is key to use water in a sustainable manner and avoid wasting water.

This film shows the way Toro irrigation services develop their solutions.

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Water by Toro

We have invited the companies represented on our stand at the Green Week to explain how they contribute with solutions to the water challenges.

Here is a post by TORO ‘s Sr. International Marketing Manager Brian Ries:

Water is essential to the survival of every living thing on the planet. As our global population increases, efforts to manage constrained resources will certainly intensify. Every irrigation professional has heard about the increasing importance of managing water use and, even though the situation affects every region differently, it has global impact. The effects go beyond water availability – of equal concern is the power consumption required to process and distribute water. In municipal systems with older distribution networks, the source water required to meet demand is greatly increased due to losses in the system. As a result, the need for efficient irrigation systems that demand less water to maintain healthy, vibrant landscapes is greater than ever before.

Consistent with the principles on which we were founded, The Toro Company is committed to helping customers enrich the beauty, productivity and sustainability of the land with innovative precision irrigation systems. From our beginnings in 1914, we built our name and following by providing innovative solutions to customer’s needs. Today, this rich legacy continues as we strive every day to develop exciting new products and services that yield performance, productivity and environmental benefits to our customers.

 It is not enough to be “smart;” to truly save water, one must be smart and precise. The Toro® Precision Irrigation Portfolio is:

  • Universal – products are designed to fit multiple manufacturer’s equipment
  • Simple – no digging, trenching, or complicated wiring
  • Immediate – as soon as you install, you start using less water (no system adjustments)

A prime example is the Toro Precision™ Series Spray Nozzle – with patented H2O chip technology –, which represents the most significant breakthrough in spray nozzle technology in over 60 years. Invisible to the naked eye, water streams oscillate at over 200 cycles per second to generate a more consistent droplet size to reduce runoff and provide up to 30% water savings. With options to fit Toro spray heads and those of other manufacturer’s, this breakthrough technology can be applied to an existing system and provide immediate, measureable savings.

We have added new products to our portfolio including Precision™ Soil Sensor and Precision™ Rotating Nozzles that provide immediate water savings upon installation and fit not only Toro products, but most of our competitors, as well. Toro’s full suite of Precision™ Irrigation Solutions is perfect for the efficiency needs of new systems and renovation of the many antiquated systems that are ripe for upgrade.


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