Water is the link between the earth, underground and aquatic worlds and the air. It literally creates the global ecosystem for our “blue” planet. Yet water quality in France has deteriorated, and the same is true across the globe. Furthermore, the chemical revolution which has taken place to sustain intensive agriculture has increased the number of substances, some of them dangerous that are discharged into the natural environment. Of the 120,000 molecules manufactured by the chemical industry, barely 30,000 have been tested to see if they are harmful!
Water has become more expensive because of this deterioration; water taken from nature now requires increasingly sophisticated, lengthy and costly treatments. To put it clearly, we have favoured cure over prevention.
We must stop focusing solely on tap water. First and foremost because despite all our efforts it is hovering on the boundary of the maximum permitted levels (0.50mg of nitrates per litre). It is the quality of our springs, watercourses and groundwater that must be targeted as is specified in the 2000 European framework-directive due to come into force in 2015.
Restoring crop variety, reforestation, preventing bare land from becoming waterlogged throughout the entire winter thus allowing pollutants to be flushed into rivers, gradually but radically reducing our reliance on pesticides, establishing strictly monitored zones around catchment areas … this is a bold, sustainable and intelligent plan… because it is the essential role that water plays in life which makes it precious, not the chlorine which we have so conscientiously poured into it.