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Advice to British and Irish Ex-pat Residents


Conservation of water in Greece, particularly Crete has never been more important than now. Use less, conserve more! British and Irish Ex-pats living in the Greek Islands can support the natural ecosystems, that is to say, planting of more vegetation by way of grasses and trees, promote wildlife habitat, and be more economical in using less water overall, especially in the home and garden. Ex-pats can also support World Water Day, March 22 every year.

Article Author: Gerald Brown, webmaster at Brits in Crete.

Crete, Argiroupolis, Eden

"color Green, Crystal Waters, Your Eden, Argiroupolis, Crete " (above) Photo: By Nikosp! on Flikr ©


Water is the Main Environmental Issue on the Greek Islands

On Greece's many islands, water is the main environmental issue, or I should say: the lack of it. The ordinary inhabitants on Greece's biggest island, Crete have gotten used to the Summer and early Autumn months of drought when water pressure in the mains can drop due to the copious amounts used by millions of visiting tourists in the many resorts.

Inevitably, this situation leads to cuts in supplies or water pressure to ordinary residents in the surrounding towns and villages during the hot summer, typically under cloudless skies.;

Crete will be facing more prolonged and much more serious drought conditions even in winter by the middle of this century according to the weather pundits.; This prediction is the result in the shift in climate patterns.

Rainfall in the winter of 2007/8, for example, was less than usual in quantity and distribution across the Island of Crete.; This resulted in further depletion of subterranean water supplies. All residents - from the local Cretans to Ex-Pats should do their bit therefore to conserve water consumption. Hopefully this will prevent the imposition of a water usage policy beyond the current banning of hose pipes.

Residents in the Greek islands can only hope they do not reach the point of Cyprus, where tanker ships had to carry fresh water supplies from Northern Greece and Crete to Larnaca during the Summer of 2008.

It appears that rain in winter is now less frequent than before but when it does rain, it tends to come in a deluge.

Here are some ideas to contribute to water conservation in Greece:

March 22 Every Year Is World Water Day

The United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/47/193 of 22 December 1992 by which 22 March of each year was declared World Day for Water, to be observed starting in 1993, in conformity with the recommendations of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) contained in Chapter 18 (Fresh Water Resources) of Agenda 21. States were invited to devote the Day, as appropriate in the national context, to concrete activities such as the promotion of public awareness through the publication and diffusion of documentaries and the organization of conferences, round tables, seminars and expositions related to the conservation and development of water resources and the implementation of the recommendations of Agenda 21.

"All water flows into the ocean or into the purse of the rich."
Proverb - Denmark (Unattributed)

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More Enticing Holiday Reading for Living Abroad!

This article sets out to explain what is Crete's charm at attracting and holding the interest of holidaymakers who return year after year and fall under the island's magic spell.

1. Its beaches and crystal clear water is its magic appeal. See for yourself that attracts millions of visitors each year

2. This article sets out to explain the reasons the island is so captivating.

3. Key sights to visit in Crete


First published in BritsinCrete.Net and isnare.com: September 2008, Updated. November 2011