The Almeria Provincial Council continues its commitment to guaranteeing the water supply in the 103 municipalities. One of the latest actions approved by the Provincial Government is the construction of a water reservoir that will give the residents of Bayárcal access to water supply 12 months of the year. This investment is in addition to the 3 million euros included in the 2021-23 Water Infrastructure Plan (PIHU), which is 100% financed by the Provincial Institution and is being promoted by the Institution in the province.
Specifically, this project will provide a solution to the shortage of drinking water storage capacity in the town of Bayárcal, as the Alpujarra town has a single reservoir that cannot meet the demand, especially during the summer period. The project consists of the tank itself, the connections and installations necessary for the correct functioning of the new supply system.
The vice-president, Ángel Escobar, highlighted the importance of a project that will not only guarantee water in quantity, but also in quality: “This project, financed with investment from Provincial Plans, will provide a high-capacity reservoir that will guarantee water for the growth of the municipality over a period of more than 20 years”, he explained.
In this sense, the reservoir will have an automatic chlorination system and an interconnection system between the two reservoirs to double the water storage capacity, guaranteeing the operability of both.
Escobar stressed that this project, with a budget of more than 110,000 euros, is in addition to the 3 million euros of the Water Infrastructure Plan for Urban Use 2021-2021. Precisely, the last plenary session approved the extension of the deadline for the presentation of documentation to facilitate and speed up the adhesion of the municipalities to this project of permanent improvement of the provincial infrastructures that have to do with water.
This Plan, designed for the period 2021-23, is aimed at the 100 municipalities with less than 50,000 inhabitants, which will be able to access the 3 million euros financed 100% by the Provincial Council for the execution of actions linked to the improvement of the Integral Water Cycle in the towns of the province. In other words, works to guarantee water supply, new wells and boreholes, and also work on sanitation and the collection of urban waste water.
The objectives are focused on improving and guaranteeing the supply of quality water to the people of Almeria; improving the efficiency of the supply networks by reducing leaks and possible breakdowns; as well as the extension and modernisation of sanitation systems. The conditions of the call for proposals establish a maximum execution period of 12 months for each of the actions. Each of the projects to be financed will have a minimum investment of 30,000 euros and a maximum of 250,000 euros.
For the Provincial Council, water infrastructures are a cornerstone of its political action. The Plan prior to the current one allocated 2.8 million euros in water since 2018. This project has enabled a total of 32 works to be carried out in municipalities in the regions of Los Vélez, Almanzora, Poniente, Levante, Alpujarra and Filabres – Alhamilla.
The 2018-19 Plans consist of 32 projects in the municipalities of Los Vélez, Almanzora, Poniente, Levante, Alpujarra, Filabres-Alhamilla. The villages that have benefited from these investments are: Chercos, Tabernas, Bacares. Felix, Alhama, Fines, Adra, Macael, Armuña del Almanzora, Íllar, Terque, Lucainena de las Torres, Alhabia, Arboleas, Alcóntar, Turre, Olula del Río, Cóbdar, Canjáyar, Taberno, Paterna del Río, Fondón, Instinción, Lubrín, Alicún, Turrillas, Oria and Suflí.