As Morski writes, even though Croatian islanders are still very much playing catchup with the mainland in multiple ways, there’s been a bit of good news when it comes to Croatian island drinking water. This year, the government plans to co-finance the water supply service to the country’s many inhabited islands in the amount of almost 16 million kuna.
These funds are intended for islands that aren’t connected to the country’s public water supply system, and that drinking water will be delivered by water carriers and/or tankers at a subsidised price, the Ministry of Regional Development and European Union (EU) Funds recently announced.
Unfortunately, we are witnessing more frequent and longer droughts as climate change continues to alter the weather and temperature patterns we’d come to know so well, and the need for water is especially increased during the boiling hot and often harsh summer months. Due to the reduction in overall rainfall, many of the country’s islands are unable to collect anywhere near enough rainwater, meaning that the drinking water supply through aquifers and cisterns is currently the only alternative.
Figures on this topic show that about 4,860 households on 20 islands are not connected to the public water supply network, nor do they have a network, and they also aren’t even connected to reliable sources or a water supply. Whether this problem will persist and how it will be solved in the near future is still unknown.
For the implementation of the Croatian island drinking water measure for the year 2022, the Ministry of Regional Development and European Union Funds has secured and will provide funds in the exact amount of 15.8 million kuna.
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