The Regional Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Carmen Crespo, has announced that the Andalusian Council of Government is to approve next week the declaration of emergency for the works to improve the supply to the municipalities of the Almanzora Valley, with resources from the Cuevas de Almazora reservoir and the Carboneras seawater desalination plant, involving an investment of 7.5 million euros.
This action is vital as the dam is at 7.8% of its capacity, in addition to the fact that the Negratín-Almanzora water transfer was interrupted in July. These works consist of improving the pumping system using the existing facilities of the El Saltador-Cuevas dam pipeline and its connection with the aqueduct pipeline to raise the demanded water to Tíjola. This action will mean an increase in supply guarantees. It will therefore provide more water resources for a dry province like Almería, “thanks to the exceptional drought decree approved by the Government of Juanma Moreno”. This investment is in addition to the almost 153 million euros mobilised throughout the legislature in this area in the province.
This was announced by the Minister for Sustainable Development during the inauguration of the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in Alcudia de Monteagud and Tahal – including the Benitorafe district – the fourth to be brought into operation in the last three years, along with those of Níjar, Antas and Huércal-Overa. 1.4 million euros have been invested in the collectors necessary for the grouping of the discharges and in the treatment plant itself, financed one hundred percent by the water canon. This infrastructure will benefit a population of half a thousand inhabitants, although it is designed to serve more than three times that number (1,700). “The Andalusian government is fulfilling the objective it set itself at the beginning of the legislature to make the water canon efficient,” he said.
The new WWTP has a treatment system based on bacterial bed technology and offers a treatment capacity of 340 cubic metres per day. “The project has generated a total of 21 green jobs”, highlighted the Regional Minister, who has valued that “in the Andalusian rural world there is a lot of life, it cannot be compared to other areas of Spain, and for this reason from the Junta we have to help the 66% of the population that lives in rural areas and they must have the necessary services”.
The director of Water Infrastructures, Álvaro Real, pointed out that the new facility “will bring environmental benefits” to both municipalities and stressed that “the design has been adapted to the future needs of the residents”.
The mayor of Alcudia de Monteagud, Juan Manuel Sánchez, said he was “delighted that the WWTP is finally a reality” and, above all, that the Regional Ministry sees “possibilities for growth in Tahal and Alcudia de Monteagud, having built the treatment plant for a population of around 1,700 inhabitants, when between the two municipalities we have a total of half a thousand”. For her part, the mayoress of Tahal, Trinidad Jiménez, said she was happy to make a project a reality that “was very necessary” and asked to continue to count on the technical assistance of the Junta to achieve the objectives set in the smaller municipalities to combat depopulation.
In three years of the Government of Change, the Regional Ministry has implemented, promoted or put out to tender water projects worth 152.6 million euros in the province of Almeria, divided into four main areas such as: treatment and sanitation (65.28 million euros); supply in high (39.58 million euros); conservation of hydraulic heritage and restoration of watercourses and flood protection (34.1 million euros). These actions involve the creation of 1,740 green jobs.