Sharing water for irrigation

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27 May 2021
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Sharing water for irrigation

THE UK Irrigation Association is holding a "coffee morning" event next Wednesday which will examine the issue of sharing water for irrigation.

With irrigation water in short supply, growers could look to formal trading to augment their water supply, but informal water-sharing could be another option. Whether the second option can work in practice, making best use of limited water resources, remains to be seen, so the event will look at what the options are and what barriers to cooperation could exist.

Questions that will be addressed include: Does sharing work? What are the constraints? Are there different methods of sharing? Will it be limited to neighouring farms or can farmers share across the catchment?

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Prof Ian Holman and Dolores Rey Vicario of Cranfield University are currently exploring the idea of informal water sharing with Lindsay Hargreaves Chairman of Lark Abstractors and a group of farmers irrigating along the Lark River, a sub-catchment of the Cam and Ely Ouse river. They will share the experiences and discoveries at the event.

The event, which takes place from 10:30 to 11:30am on Wednesday, June 2nd, is free for UKIA members and £25 for non-members. They will share their discoveries and discuss the pros and cons at the event.

For details of how to register, and full details of other forthcoming events, visit our event page here.

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