Water Wisdom: Irrigation Ancient and Modern
in South-East Spain
by Alan Hawes
The compuerta of our neighbour, Manolo, passing water
down the acequia towards our garden.
The acequia, just before it reaches our garden.
The acequia, giving an impression of the rate of water flow.
Our first compuerta, shown diverting some of the water flow from
acequia into the tube to our deposito, using an adjustable gate.
The acequia, just after the first compuerta into our garden .
Water flowing into the garden through a tube from our second compuerta.
Orange trees have a high water requirement, if they are to grow and crop well.
Flood irrigation is beneficial to our orange trees, and is also
appreciated by cannas planted in the same area.
Part of our eucalypt wood, showing young trees that have been
supported by drip irrigation during their establishment.
The Canal Principal of the Comunidad carries irrigation water pumped from the
River Segura up to Crevillente Reservoir and a network of distribution canals.
The Trasvase Tajo-Segura delivers water from a national network of reservoirs
and canals, and is one of the major water supply systems of Spain.