Archive Article: 1997/12/13

13 December 1997

Water is the key to quality root and vegetable crops – and climate change will put irrigation supply under threat. Four years ago John Chapple of CWS Agriculture took the plunge and started to build three reservoirs at Goole Estate, Humberside. The cost was £159,000, providing 21m gallons capacity. "It was money well spent – the payback period on capital invested was just two to three years, less than half the original prediction. Our only regret is that we didnt take changing weather into account. With the benefit of hindsight, I believe we should have built twice as much reservoir capacity."

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