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'File 19/252 Bahrain Water Supply' [‎5r] (11/96)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (45 folios). It was created in 29 May 1939-19 Nov 1942. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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Dated the 13th October 1940.
bush ir e resic'ncy.
Will you please refer to the correspondence resting with
my demi-oiricial letter No. C/26^ dated the 1st April ±940 in
regard to the Bahrain Water Supplies ?
2. I enclose herewith a copy or a report on the water
resources or Bahrain which has been made by the Oil Company,
Investigations have not proceeded over a sufficient period or
years to enable really definite conclusions to be drawn, but
the report discloses a situation which is quite suniciently
alarming. I had always hoped against hope that the deeper water
zone (described as zone n C M in the report) would provide a fair
reserve or good water for Bahrain for the future but that hope
has now been destroyed.
3. There is only one effective way, to my mind, of dealing
with the water question in Bahrain, and that is to put locked
Vdlves on all artesian wells. There should be a committee to
examine and report on the minimum quantity or water required at
ail 1 erent secisons to irrigate land already under cultivation^
and a water conservancy staff should be appointed to open up
artesian wells lor a suil'icient period each week to provide
that minimum quantity. Unfortunately this is Utopian. The
worst offender so far as water wastage is concerned is Shaikh
Hamad himself, ardently supported oi course by the unpleasant
gentry to whom he has given gardens and lands, and I see no
possibility of ever convincing him - until the water runs out -
that we cannot rely indefinitely on the benevolence of uod to
maintain an unlimited supply of artesian water in Bahrain. We
can /-
Hon'ble Lieut-Colonel
C. u. Prior, C. I. E.,
Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the
Persian uulf, Bushire.
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The documents in this file are all related to the natural water supply of Bahrain.

They include two detailed surveys of the island's water supply, correspondence concerning the status of Bahrain's artesian wells, concerns about the wastage of water in gardens owned by Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (and other members of the Al Khalifa family) and more general correspondence regarding the usage of water in Bahrain.

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1 volume (45 folios)

File is arranged in chronological order, from earliest at beginning of the file to most recent at end.

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Previously a bound volume, its sheets have been unbound and are now loose. Foliation starts with 1A for the file cover. The first page of the volume is 1B. It continues to the last page. Foliation in pencil numbers in top right corner of recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. . Additional foliation has been rubbed out but is still faintly visible. Further foliation starts with 31 on f.21 and continues to f.27. It is then also rubbed out but traces remain visible. Due to foliation error, we have f.36A and f.36B instead of f.36.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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