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The Andalusian Regional Government will guarantee water to 27 municipalities in the Levante and Alto y Medio Almanzora regions.

The Andalusian Regional Government will guarantee water to 27 municipalities in the Levante and Alto y Medio Almanzora regions
The Regional Minister Carmen Crespo announces the completion of the supply works in the Almanzora by 2022.

The Regional Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, Carmen Crespo, has announced the completion this year, 2022, of the emergency supply works underway in the Almanzora region. This action, which has an investment of almost 6.8 million euros, generating 1.3 cubic hectometres, which will guarantee the supply in the municipalities of the valley allowing water to be pumped from the Cuevas del Almanzora dam above its quota, either with its own water or from the Carboneras desalination plant.

Carmen Crespo also announced the start, in the coming weeks, of work on the tertiary treatment plants (WWTP) of Adra, El Ejido and Roquetas de Mar, with which the Regional Ministry will generate 18 cubic hectometres of reclaimed water for use by irrigators. Added to the 12 planned in the Levante region, the Regional Ministry will generate a total of 30 cubic hectometres of this important water source for irrigation.

The Regional Minister for Water highlighted the importance of these actions and emphasised that, in the case of the supply works in the Almanzora, “the source of the supply resources for 27 municipalities in the Levante Almeriense, Bajo and Medio Almanzora is in the Cuevas del Almanzora dam and the Carboneras desalination plant, responding to a demand from the local residents and alleviating the lack of water”.

With these emergency works, the Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development is improving the pumping system using the existing facilities of the El Saltador-Embalse de Cuevas pipeline and its connection with the Negratín-Almanzora transfer pipeline to raise the water to the Tíjola reservoir. Crespo explained that “the project and its execution have been carried out with foresight and foresight so that the infrastructure will continue to be effective in the face of a future increase in population, hotels, industries and industrial estates”.

Tertiary facilities in the west of Almeria

The execution of the tertiary infrastructure in the municipalities of Adra, El Ejido and Roquetas de Mar has been possible thanks to its inclusion in the second Drought Decree of the Andalusian Government and will benefit more than 200,000 inhabitants, especially the irrigation farmers of the region. The Regional Minister Carmen Crespo highlighted the fact that “the greater availability of water will allow less extraction from other water sources, as is the case in the Poniente Almeria aquifers, thus contributing to their regeneration”.

Last spring, the Regional Ministry activated two lines of aid for irrigation communities, for a total amount of 40.5 million euros. Specifically, it mobilised 25 million euros to finance connections with tertiary water treatment plants to access reclaimed water and 15.5 million euros to improve energy efficiency.

Water infrastructures

The Regional Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development recalled the importance of “not neglecting any water source” and highlighted the value of the aid implemented by the Regional Ministry in a single legislature to support irrigators who are committed to improving their infrastructures, which amounts to 100 million euros, with an estimated overall saving of 12.17 cubic hectometres. In the specific case of the province of Almería, six irrigation communities have benefited (Barrancos de Sierra Nevada, Río Adra, Cuatro Vegas, Cuevas del Almanzora, Pulpí and Arboleas) with 1.4 cubic hectometres of water saved per year.

Crespo emphasised the Andalusian government’s “commitment” to water infrastructures, with the implementation of two drought decrees, which are 50 percent complete and provide for works totalling 141 million euros. The Councillor, who held a meeting last Friday with the Secretary of State for the Environment, Hugo Morán, welcomed the fact that he is responding to the Council’s request to reprogramme Next Generation so that more funds can be allocated for water-related actions. Crespo demanded “speed in the implementation of works of general interest of the State”, especially, in the case of the province of Almeria, “to double the capacity of the Carboneras desalination plant, and to extend the Campo de Dalías and Medio Almanzora desalination plants”.

The Councillor also demanded that the State mobilise, with Next Generation funds, the 57.4 million euros needed to attend to all the requests received from municipalities with less than 20,000 inhabitants to control leaks in the supply networks. The line was activated with an allocation of 12.6 million euros and a total of 70 requests have been received.

Carmen Crespo highlighted the “leadership that our president, Juanma Moreno, has shown in Andalusia, which has placed our autonomous community at the forefront of job creation and wealth generation”. The minister also valued very positively the “firm commitment of the Andalusian government to guarantee water, mobilising the necessary economic resources”.

 

 

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