INFORMATION FROM THE NATIONAL HYDROGEOLOGICAL SURVEY

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The National Hydrogeological Survey has informed that in the month of November there may be difficulties in supplying water from shallow groundwater and municipal intakes operating the first water-bearing level.

The problems may affect the areas of the following voivodships: Wielkopolskie, Lubuskie, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Warmińsko-Mazurskie, Podlaskie, Lubelskie. According to the data developed at the request of Polish Waters, available at www.stopsuszy.pl, these regions will be most affected by the returning drought. It should be borne in mind that groundwater resources are renewed very slowly and cannot be used in an unlimited scale.

A solution that can help prevent drought is water retention. Whether small retention in the form of small water reservoirs and river (riverbed) retention, big retention and microretention. First of all, water must be kept in the place where it falls together with rain or thanks to snowmelt. The slowing down of drainage from the upper parts of the catchment area allows to shape water policy in agricultural areas, carry out braking actions or reversing the progress of desertification of the country. This is a long-term process, but it is the only effective and rational solution that guarantees access to water not only for socio-economic needs at present, but also access to good quality waters for future generations. More information about Polish Waters related to countering the effects of drought can be found in the publication: https://wody.gov.pl/aktualnosci/1031-stop-suszy-ograniczenie-skutkow-suszy-to-priorytet-wod-polskich