Portugal Water Quality Deteriorates; Climate Change And Unsustainable Farming Practices Blamed

20 Aug 2020 by Local Press Report
LISBON

The quality of Portugal’s water is under threat, and it’s not just due to long periods of drought. It has to do with unsustainable farming practices. In other words, monocultures. A bit like the citizens group that formed recently in the western Algarve to try and save the area from the consequences of intensive avocado farming, APA has discovered how quickly the quality of water is declining. Five years ago, 53% of water found in national rivers was considered ‘good’. That percentage dropped in three years to 46%.