Old canals “suck” water in arid Spain –

Old canals “suck” water in arid Spain –

brown water flow

‘The Moors, as it were, sowed their water. Because water also goes deeper into the ground via irrigation channels. This replenishes the groundwater supplies, which in turn supply the rivers,” explains José María Civantes. History at the University of Granada. He spent some time researching the irrigation system in Andalusia and set up a working group to map ancient waterways.

Civantes: “The canals were forgotten in the 1970s. Agriculture was modernized, less labour-intensive, people left abandoned areas. Part of the network has now been restored, but we have been able to draw a lot more water.”

During seven centuries of Moorish times, the irrigation system extended to the Alhambra palace in the capital Granada. But even in the later period the canals were used for centuries and the acceptance of Christianity by the Muslims further expanded the system. “But with all the work we’ve done, you see them being rediscovered now,” Civantes says. “In the context of climate change that we are facing, reciprocity at least to reduce the effects of drying.”

The scratching of the group of volunteers digging the ancient water trench in the mountains can be heard for hours. Finally, a stream of brown water begins. It flows faster and faster towards the valley. Biologist Sergio Cortes looks with satisfaction at the flowing water. Though designed hundreds of years ago, this is a green revolution.

Source: NOS

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