Sofia is among 50 cities in Europe facing a high risk of water shortages by 2050, according to a new analysis by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
According to the study, 17% of the Old Continent’s people as well as 13% of its GDP could face high to extreme risks of water scarcity by mid-century.
“The data has been in our view for a long time, but now the situation with the great drought and the heat wave that covered Europe has increased the interest in the models that show how the problem may develop in the near future – commented to Radio Sofia Stoyan Mihov, head of “Water” program, WWF. – Drought years are becoming more frequent.”
According to the specialist, the root of the problem is global warming, and in order to have a favorable influence on the climate, a serious and long-term commitment of all countries is needed.
“At the national level, it is important to have a good government program for the sustainable use of water – not only in terms of quantity, but also regarding the protection of its quality,” noted Stoyan Mihov.
According to him, the specificities of each river, of each country, must be taken into account in order to take measures.
For Bulgaria, the primary task should be the loss of water in the water supply network.