THE DROUGHT facing the Costa del Sol is being “aggravated” by the lack of infrastructure to import water from other areas.
The underground network, which was promised ten years ago, is now said to be started in October. This is doing nothing to quash drought fears over this summer, however, with Malaga city forced to use 1.5 hectometres from La Viñuela reservoir, and 47 hectometres from Guadalhorce.
Following three years of scarce winter rainfall, farmers and politicians are calling on the Junta de Andalucia to sign on off on the plans, which would see three pipelines installed. The first would run from Concepcion to Viñuela), the second from Iznajar in Cordoba and the third from and Rules in Granada.
Farmers do not believe help will be forthcoming however, with the spokesman from an agricultural group in Antequera saying, “there has been much talk about a water highway, which would connect up the network from Manilva to Nerja. But there are no deadlines.”
The Junta’s General Director of Planning and Management of Public Water, Juan Serrato has said there is enough water to last until the end of the summer.