Is there any other way Ireland could overcome water demands?

With high temperature weather warnings issued by Met Eireann, and now a hosepipe ban, we look at how Ireland could adapt water conservation methods from drier countries all around the world.

What do they do in the Middle East?
The major source for water is the rainwater during wet seasons. This rainwater is harvested and kept for later use. This was practiced extensively in the ancient Middle East. Herders usually design an artificial pond (earthen surface ponds) called hafaera or khadens, widely found in Middle East and India as well, to store water for livestock.

How do people store this water?
Another method for extraction of water are formation of tube wells that can store large amounts of water for long periods. In Nepal, including Kathmandu people living in rural areas rely on tube wells for their drinking water. In Peshawar, Pakistan people still depend on hand pumps to get water. Even in Europe, wells are the main water supply in the village of Rum, Belarus.

Countries like China and India still use surface reservoirs to collect rainy season water in the dry season. Gansu Province in China are working a step forward and collecting water from other hard surface like roads.

Nearly every country, will deal with water shortages at one time or another. Though we are practicing various ways to sustain supply, the best way to get water during the dry season is by conserving water in every way possible.

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